Saturday, 8 June 2013

Arrogance?

Writing todays sermon has been tricky. Two of the readings were about mothers who lost their sons and had then seen them brought back to life. I am not yet able to talk about this subject with any degree of lucidity so instead I chose to talk about Paul's letter to the Galations.
I'm not sure I've ever read this epistle before ....but it struck me as being very arrogant and self serving.....if I got a letter like that it would not get a good reception...
And yet.....Paul had good reason for his arrogance . He had to sort out lots of strange anxieties, like Jews eating with Gentiles  and circumcision and somehow get away from people assuming that Christianity was a sort of sub branch of Judaism.
This is how my sermon ends.

Paul had had this marvellous revelation and his whole life became changed as a result....and because of his conviction that he really had been chosen to spread the word, it became necessary that he convince everyone else and if that sounds like arrogance or conceit then I can live with that....
He got results....
He made converts and then sent them letters to make sure they stayed with his teaching...
Those letters and much of his teaching  form the body of the New Testament today.....and we can still learn from them whilst at times they may seem self serving  and arrogant.... 
God uses us and our talents in all our diversity.....but what we share is  much more than what divides us! 
Amen. 

1 comment:

  1. Martin Ryeland posted a comment which I inadvertently deleted.
    "Read Joseph Hellers "God Knows" very funny but an enlightened interpretation. Thank you Marin.

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