Following yesterday’s thoughts on economics, I got to listen to an interesting podcast while I was waiting for my laundry to finish. It came out of Jesus’ teaching in Luke 12:13-21.
Watch the sermon HERE.
I’d recommend downloading the sermon if you have a chance, but if you just want to get the gist of it, this was taken from a sermon study guide found on the church Web site:
A person from the crowd hears about all that Jesus has been doing: the miracles,
the teachings, the unorthodox practices. He imagines that maybe Jesus can help
him out and solve a dispute he has been having with his brother. Jesus refused
claiming that He is not a judge. Then He warns against greed and tells a parable.
How like Jesus to respond so indirectly.
In our culture, it has become acceptable to use Jesus to argue our preferences in
social issues. People on both sides of an issue often claim that Jesus would
support out stance on political or legal issues. And all the while, the power of the
Kingdom message is being compromised because the modern church is claiming
that Jesus is playing a role that He did not come to play. In response, we could
imagine Jesus saying to the modern church, “Do I look like your lawyer, or your
judge, a politician or a “Caesar”? Did I ever do or say anything to suggest I
wanted to gain political power? Did I ever utter one word about what Government
should do? “
Have your opinions about what government should do, but don’t try to give your
views more clout by attaching Jesus’ name to it.
It reminds me of Tony Campolo who likes to say combining religion and politics is like combining ice cream and manure.
Lots of perspectives, lots of perspectives…