Pastor Dave Sarsons
August 11, 2019
SERMON: August 10th, 2019 “My Church”
The lyrics to this song reflects one perspective of Church. Church to the singer was when she was in her car. The feeling of euphoria she felt was spiritual and instead of her perception of Church to “clean up her act”, she found no condemnation when “Hank” brought the sermon. This was a church of no strings and complete freedom.
Another perspective of Church is one which is based on the culture we live in. For example “the culture in which we live has a dramatic affect on how we interpret Scripture. The more society moves away from and outright rejects God’s Word as being true, the more Christians will “tear out” pages of Scripture to make it more palatable to their culture. The more Christians participate in the sins of their culture the less likely God’s Word will have an authoritative position in their lives! How hard would it have been to Noah (Genesis 7), Lot (Genesis 9), or Moses (Exodus 32) to remain faithful and obedient to God while everyone else was feasting on their sinful desires of their hearts”. But in the end, we need to choose what will be our “compass” for our lives. “If you allow your culture to dictate your beliefs, then while the broad path will be pleasurable, it will not lead you closer to God. If you accept and allow His Word to be the authority of your life, then you will be blessed” – the choice is yours – to whom will be your master? Yourself? or God?
God never spoke of being “religious”. It is simple, We are to love God with all our heart, mind and soul, and to love others as ourselves. The practice of religion is not what God wanted us to do. This quote from Costa Andre Georghiou reflects the view of the damage of practicing religion.
Having lectured international politics for a number of years, I have come to the conclusion that although many socioeconomic factors, such as poverty, inequality, nationalism and global warming, play a huge role in causing national and international conflict, religious differences increasingly cause mistrust, animosity, misunderstanding and conflict. Although this might sound idealistic, human beings, if united, could overcome enormous obstacles. Yet, here in the 21st century, religious differences are still dividing us, holding us back from reaching our full potential. Human unity and peace are made unattainable because religion segregates people into clusters of believers and “nonbelievers”. Religion instills in people the idea that those who differ with their religious beliefs are evil and undeserving of association, or even of their humanity.