The story of resurrection is not about Jesus alone. The story of resurrection is for those who would follow this criminal—and that is how Rome saw him, a criminal worthy of nothing more than humiliation and elimination. The story of resurrection is trusting that he told and lived a truth worth living. The story of resurrection is the story of Love rising and rolling away stones that entomb our spirit, our souls, and our bodies.
Or will we listen? Will we begin the work of learning about the history and the reality of racism and will we find the courage to see our own complicity in it? Will we join in the struggle, in the march, in the Palm Sunday parade and commit ourselves to dismantling it? That is where it is personal. White people can’t help but be racist. We can decide what to do about it.
America is not going to be great again, no matter what demagogue tweets it. It is going to become humble again. That is not bad news even as there will be much suffering as the mighty billionaires cling to power before they fall.
This sermon was preached amidst the art at Southminster’s 39th Annual Art Show. The sermon went along with a powerpoint presentation (below). This is an embedded Microsoft Office presentation, powered by Office Online.
I no longer think the promised land has a longitude or a latitude. I no longer think the promised land is a heavenly castle or a Marxist utopia.
The land, I think, is within. The promised land, the home is living in this present moment with the world as it is. The home is the road.
Beliefs create for us a world, a home. They aren’t bad. They serve a purpose. But when they no longer serve a purpose, when they no longer are life-giving they need to be let go. The task of religion is to enable us to do that.
Some people have said to me and likely to many of you as well, that he is our president and we need to accept it. I do accept the fact that he is president. But my Christian calling, my following of Jesus, the way, the truth, and the life, means that for me, I am called to resist the sexism, the homophobia, the xenophobia, and the racism that was the groundswell that brought this person to the White House. I am called to speak out and resist the actions that are the outcomes of these constructs.
Another cool thing about my religion, if you would like to sign up, although I don’t have any forms, is that you can belong to another religion and belong to mine too. My religion is not exclusive. You can be a Methodist or a Jew or a Muslim or a Rastafarian or a Presbyterian and you can be a member of my religion, too.
The biggest liberation we can have is to realize that human beings, mostly male human beings, made all this stuff up. There was a reason. Male human beings made up this stuff to retain power. When people realize that, then wow, no longer does it have control over our lives anymore. No longer do we have to repent and feel bad and ask God for forgiveness for simply being h
I don’t want to hand over ‘born again’ to a single version of Christianity. I want to reclaim it. I want that metaphor to guide and challenge my life.
I want to be born again, born from above, born to a way to a Spirit of being courageous.