Sermon Snap Shot August 11, 2019

Sermon Snap Shot August 11, 2019

The Old Testament – the Hebrew Scriptures – are filled with passages like this one from Isaiah 58. Passages where God speaks through one of the prophets to remind God’s people of who they are and how they have been commanded to live. They have been chosen. They have been called. They have been charged with living differently than the rest of the world – not for themselves but for God and God’s purposes. And over and over again God’s people forget. So over and over again they have to be reminded: You are called to be people who love justice and who work to reverse injustices when you see them.
The words justice and righteousness as used in the Bible are basically synonymous. When something is as it should be – when life on earth mirrors what we believe heaven looks like – then we say, “That’s right,” “That’s just,” or “That’s righteous.” But when something is not as it should be – when life on earth looks totally different that how we understand God’s will – then we say, “That’s not right,” “That unjust,” or “That’s unrighteous.”
Simply put, the Church begins being the Beloved Community and working for justice when it sees something that’s not right or just or how God intended and says, “Well, what are we going to do about it?”
From Sunday, August 11 message based on Isaiah 58:6-10, “Beloved Community: Key Marks for Being the BC #3 – Working for Justice”
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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