First UMC Burlington
Last Sunday Walter White (Breaking Bad) was the catalyst for our exploration of
Mad World and the “Empire Business”.
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.)