How Passive is our Faith?
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Bulletin: October 19, 2014
- Praise: Tell Out My Soul (lyrics & melody, Cathedral video, contemporary, background)
- Preparation: Seek ye First (lyrics & melody, YouTube, 2, history)
- Response: Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah (melody & lyrics, video, men’s choir, history & devotional)
Dr. Axel Schoeber
Today’s gospel lesson has often been used to justify separation of church and state in a way that causes passivity in the face of social/governmental wrong. But there is another way to understand it which suggests we don’t have to “play along” with the prevailing mindsets of our society.
Instead we can pursue an alternative vision for life together/life before God.
We can pursue social righteous along with the “liberals” and personal righteousness along with the “conservatives,” not with a view to creating an ideal world, but rather to nudge this imperfect world toward the righteousness God desires. And we will find the strength to persevere through the presence of the resurrected Christ in our lives.