Two weeks ago during worship I talked about the odd connection between 50 Shades of Grey and the Lord's Prayer.
Last week we compared the Kingdom of God and the kingdom envisioned by ISIS.
This week, how do the Parable of the Good Samaritan and "American Sniper" compare?
I'm not just trying to be clever. Well, a part of this youngest child will always be seeking to be clever in front of others, but I'm hoping that God is setting that broken part of me aside as a lesser objective, ok?
If Jesus was living among us, and He is, he would be telling stories about and making connections with the culture in which we live and the things about which we are talking. He would be changing our way of thinking. He would be asking us questions, and rephrasing our questions to take us deeper. And here's the challenge: in our culture we don't tend to ask the significant questions. We don't tend to think past our first thoughts, and in my case I often don't think at all. I react. I judge. I categorize. I segment myself. I polarize. I may even call it principle or politics or love or patriotism or faith. But it ends up sounding a lot like selfishness, hate, and hypocrisy.
In the parable, Jesus takes me on at the darkest part of my broken soul. I want to think it is so easy to understand- help the helpless, right? But the parable is so, so much more.
Join us for worship this week at New Summit. Let's face the Truth together, discover the Way, and move toward the experience of Life that God always wanted for us.