February 1 – What’s To Be Afraid Of?

Did you ever wish you could be a child again? It isn’t uncommon these days to hear people describe a childhood that is much different than what little ones experience today. Unlocked doors; playing outside without worrying about sunshine or strangers; thinking nothing of being gone for the day with friends—your parents knowing you would get lunch somewhere!

Today children attend school under the fear of lockdowns. Parents insist children have cell phones. Can we find our way clear of fear, even if only for a moment? Can we hear the words: “Have no fear”?

Today we juxtapose the tension between War and Peace, between “unquestioning obedience” and faithfully questioning the tradition we hold dear. Is the God of the bible a vengeful, bloody deity? Is that how Jesus interpreted the sacred scriptures? And for all the wars we have fought, are the children any safer? Are they any less afraid? Are we?

Texts: Deuteronomy 6:1-9   Matthew 10:26-31

Message: What’s To Be Afraid Of?

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Charles M. Blow’s NY Times Column

The KKK and Vets – VICE Documentary

Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth

 

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.