Sermon Snap Shot January 28, 2018

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Sermon Snap Shot January 28, 2018

Yes, the Tradition – this “great cloud of witnesses” that continues to cheer us on – is full of folks who have shown us the way…folks who, in their own time and era, have taught us so much about what it means to live a life pleasing to God. And as one of my seminary professor’s used to say, “There’s no sin that we could commit and no heresy that we could imagine that they haven’t already done or thought!” This truth has always given me great comfort and it has freed me up to be, with God’s help, the best Lane that I can be.
But as wonderful as the Tradition is – as rich of a resource as it has been over the last 1900 years – we also know that our forefathers and mothers in the faith didn’t always get it right. We talked last week about THE mistake, THE sin that continues to impact the American experiment: believing that it was perfectly within God’s will, perfectly consistent with Scripture, to enslave another human being. And in defense of our nation’s Founders and the leading clergymen several centuries ago, the pro-slavery Scriptures in the Bible far outnumber those that would argue otherwise.
But thankfully, I’m pretty sure that 99.9% of Christians would say today that we, from the very beginning, got it wrong. Enslaving Africans and Native Americans was wrong. It was a huge sin, and we continue to deal with the consequences of this sin even today in 2018.
So when it comes to the Tradition, we celebrate the treasure that is there, but we don’t try to sweep the Tradition’s failures under the rug. No, we confess our sins, we ask for forgiveness and promise, with God’s help, not to make the same mistakes again.
 
From Sunday January 28 message “The First Leg of Support: The Tradition” and the third of five messages in the series, “Thinking Theologically: A 3-Legged Stool Approach”
 
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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