Did you ever have a minister call you and fellow audience members "venomous snakes"?
If that were to happen, would you listen long or would you be out of there? Would you
hire an attorney to help defend your honor against the speaker's character
For some reason, John the Baptist's listeners tolerated his calling them a "brood of
vipers." John wasn't finished with his verbal hit. He also warned them against religious
and racial pride and cautioned them about having to face God's judgment. His hearers
absorbed those assaults, too.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.