Second Lesson Cycle A Proper 23 through Thanksgiving
Most of the biblical images of the coming day of the Lord suggest a belief that it will be a day of judgment, a day when everyone will appear before the judgment seat of God and be judged and sent either to heaven or to hell. That is probably the most unattractive feature of Christian tradition for believers and the thing most likely to "turn off" outsiders. It calls to mind images of preachers thundering judgmental messages from their pulpits, trying to generate guilty feelings and to scare people into making a profession of faith with the threat of hellfire.
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.