Important to find clarity in a divisive time.
New Church theology is fascinating in many regards. One perspective of particular interest are the warnings held by Emanuel Swedenborg about why churches fail….
“Every church begins with a focus on caring, but in the course of time turns….” (NJHD 246)
And in times that can feel so divisive, it is easy to simply turn away. To stop caring. To move to a privatized faith. And mistakenly call that privatized faith “clarity,” when the reality actually is that privatized faith can become an easy screen for complacency.
We are blessed by such a deeply caring congregation, one I believe that holds privatized faith in the right place. Complacency … not the issue today!
And yet, we all need continual reminders about the goals of caring. What, then, can a caring church contribute to?
Enter Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s concept of the “Beloved Community.”
I love preaching on this topic because it readily gives words to a “compelling why” engraved on our hearts. It is the resonance in King’s speech, “I have a Dream.” It is the heart of the Bible’s words where we see the promise and “welcome it from a distance.”
It is where we seek reconciliation, not victory.
That is an ever new kind of clarity. One as ancient as humanity. One blessed by the poetic language of MLK. And one we celebrate Sunday and Monday.
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