Sermon Snap Shot July 2, 2017

jonah

Sermon Snap Shot July 2, 2017

It was as if Jonah cried out to God, “NO Lord…Not THEM! Anybody but THEM!”
 
I don’t know who the Ninevites are for you…
 
black people…brown people…or white people like me…
people who vote this way…or that vote that way…
rich people…or poor people…
people who watch Fox News…or MSNBC…
people who wear turbans…or scarves…or baggy pants…
people who dress preppy like I do…or people who are all pierced and tatted up …
members of the LGBTQ community…or members of the NRA…
 
I don’t know who the Nivevites are for you – those people that you feel are beyond God’s grace, mercy and love…the ones that make you want to go, “No Lord…Not Them! Anybody but THEM!” I don’t know.
 
But I do know this. The story of Jonah challenges us to ask the question, “Might they, like me, be within God’s loving embrace?”
 
And if I answer “yes” to this question it leads to a logical second: “Ok, then how am I being called to share God’s love with them…God’s message of salvation?”
 
From Sunday, July 2, 2017 sermon based on the story of Jonah entitled, “I Love to Tell THE Story: No Lord…Not Them!”
 
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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