Living Forever in a Dead-End World: Rising Above Indulgence and Becoming a Sin-Eater

Sermon for the Fourth Sabbath of Easter

May 10, 2014

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One of the most delicious emotions we can experience is righteous indignation.  To be able to exalt ourselves above a person who has harmed us by telling others how awful that person is or exacting revenge upon that person, is a deeply satisfying, at least initially.

The story of Jesus and those who followed him suggests that there is an even better emotion for us to experience:  a deep security in God’s love that gives a peace that doesn’t indulge in returning a person’s harm with our own harm.  1 Peter 2.19-25 encourages readers to rise above indulgence and maintain a nobility that is anchored in how God views us instead of how others view us.  And, as we maintain that nobility, we accomplish another key purpose of God:  we end the passing on of sin, suffering and evil.  Harm stops with us.  The power of the death of Christ is that humanity dished out its worst on him and he did not dish it out in return.  He stopped the flow of evil.

Rather than indulging the succulent flavor of indignation, we are called to swallow up sin and pass on goodness, grace and love



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