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Prophets: a sermon on Jeremiah

June 29th, 2011 by isaac · No Comments

an excerpt from Sunday’s sermon:

I remember sitting in the living room, watching the daily press conferences where General Norman Schwarzkopf—his fans called him “Stormin’ Norman”—I remember watching Stormin’ Norman on the TV as he showed his maps of the Middle East, giving us the play by play of the progress of the troops. As he described the military operations, I would get out my Desert Storm cards and consider the stats of each player in the war—the distance a cruise missile could travel, the number of fighter planes on an aircraft carrier, the capabilities of the A-10 bomber or the Apache helicopter.

I no longer collect war cards; I don’t even know if they make them anymore. And while I’m committed to Christ’s way of peace, I admit that some habits die hard, some ways of thinking are not easily undone.

When I pay attention to myself, I notice that there is something inside of me that still thinks that I am in charge, that I should take hold of the power I have and use it to change the world, to restructure society—to, for example, put a president in office that is a little less violent than the one we have, to rewrite our national and state budgets to include more provisions for the sick and the poor, and to find ways to let undocumented residents to live here without fear of deportation. I could go on and on about what I want, about how I want to change society, about what I would do if I were in control, if I were in charge.

For the rest of it, go here: Prophets

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