Palm Sunday is arguably the most political Sunday on the church calendar. Palm Sunday, with Jesus riding publicly into town on a donkey was a counter-demonstration to the Roman parade that was happening that same week at Passover.
Our minds are not free if they don’t take us where our doubts take us. They are not free if we allow others to set the boundaries of what we can and cannot explore. We should search for what we think is true even if doing so challenges conventional wisdom.
King didn’t stop the war. The war machine has morphed and magnified 100 times since his time. It is worse than it has ever been. King did not succeed. But he spoke the truth. A truth that we can only trust will bear fruit in God’s time.
The dying that really needs to be done is to our own ego and our ego’s shallow desires. Because even the quest for a glorious martyrdom is really ego-driven so one needs to die to one’s own need. Die to thinking and acting as if it is all about me.
Part of the work of religious education, worship, personal spiritual growth and so forth is to come to a mature understanding of your inner voice. That inner voice is your grounding, your moral compass, your rock, your shield, your vine, your source, your stream, your higher power, and it grows with you as you cultivate it.
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.