Tuesdevo – Oct 22 – What Kind of World?

First UMC Burlington

Last Sunday Walter White (Breaking Bad) was the catalyst for our exploration of

Mad World and the “Empire Business”.

Jesus of Nazareth prayed: My prayer is not that you take them out of the world, but that you protect them from the evil one.  (John 17:15.)crazy-world

What kind of world do we live in?  Filled with temptation (Genesis 3).  The same old same old … (Ecclesiastes 1).  Mystical (Psalm 19).  Violent (Psalm 137:9).  Hateful (Psalm 139:21-22).  Beloved (John 3:16).

On Monday morning a student went to school, fatally shot a teacher, wounded two other students, then took his own life.  I expected to see it on the on the front page of the paper.  In order to read the story on line in our local paper, we had to wait as an advertisement played out – a nod to the centrality of consumerism in our culture.  To find the story in one of our prominent national newspaper’s print edition, one would have to go to page 12.  The transit strike in San Francisco and the re-working of local sewers trumped the tragedy in Sparks, Nevada where the shooting occurred.

What kind of world are you creating today?  What kind of world are we leaving behind?

Prayer:  Behold a broken world, we pray, where want and war increase; and grant us, Lord, in this our day, the ancient dream of peace.  Amen.

 

(From United Methodist Hymnal – #426.  Timothy Dudley-Smith.)

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.