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HOMILY FOR SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

Updated: Sep 23



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This weekend's message in one sentence:

To love as God loves we must see as God sees.

WHY IS IT HARD TO TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE PERSONAL, POLITICAL, OR CONTROVERSIAL?

  • Because it’s hard to talk about things that are energized with emotion or that are personal

  • Because it’s hard to talk about something that is moral without an “objective” standard

  • We have exchanged truth for tolerance and therein we have lost our understanding of “objective truth”

  • Because it’s hard to not “throw the baby out with the bath water”


WHY IS IT HARD TO TALK ABOUT RACE?

  • Because it’s hard to talk about an issue that we don’t “see” it as an issue

  • Because every human being, regardless of race, feels most comfortable within their comfort zones

  • To confront sin, or sinners, is uncomfortable


IF GOD WERE TO TALK ABOUT IT, WHAT WOULD HE SAY TO US?

  • To love as God loves we have to see as God sees

  • We can’t have an authentic human relationship with a category, but we can with a person

IF GOD WERE TO TALK ABOUT IT, WHAT WOULD HE ASK OF US?

  • Have the courage and the integrity to start with you

  • Close the door to sin

  • Learn more about the core issue, not the peripheral noise and reactions

WHAT’S ONE THING YOU CAN DO TO RESPOND TO GOD?

  • Have a conversation with a person of color and ask them what is their experience

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