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Sunday, October 11, 2015
Scripture: Matthew 10:24-39
With a little fear and trembling, I am diving into what is, for me, one of the most troubling passages in the Bible. Jesus says “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
Did we hear that right? Is this the Jesus that said “Blessed are the peacemakers?” “Turn the other cheek” Jesus? Is this the same guy who told us to forgive seventy times seven? I can’t even do the math on that without whipping out my iPhone, but I know that is A LOT of forgiveness. Why the sword? Why the perfect one-liner for gun advocates to proof-text when defending second amendment rights?
I do not know. But like much of the Bible, it’s always bothered me. So we’ll talk more about it on Sunday. We are nearing the end of the #Ourfamilyvalues series, so on this next-to-last Sunday, we will talk about our shared values of peace and nonviolence. Which are not necessarily the same thing.
So—was Jesus for peace, or the sword? Did Jesus come to bind people together in love, or to “Set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother?” It’s a lot to think about… so we’ll think about it together, come Sunday. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the meantime!
Also this Sunday:
Our Shalom Statement
Saint Andrew Christian Church is a shalom community; a gathered people, seeking God’s peace, justice, healing, and wholeness in every part of our lives and world.
Celebrating our diversity, rejoicing in our unity, we welcome and affirm all children of God of any color, class, sexual orientation, age, gender, ability, or thought.
As members of the family of God, we share our beliefs, doubts, struggles, and growth.
Recipients of God’s boundless grace, forgiveness, and love, we in turn offer our gifts and invite the fellowship, gifts, leadership, and spirit of all who share God’s passion for shalom.
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