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Sodom: a Disturbing Tale of Inhospitality

We have been on a multiple week journey that concludes today, but in an intense, dramatic, and quite disturbing tale.

Lets pause and take a quick glance back.

A lawyer, like us, asks Jesus to define who is our neighbor in order to justify his lack of care and hospitality towards another, especially if they look, sound, act, think, believe, and/or love differently than us.

Jesus’ response is the parable of the Good Samaritan, confirming that we are to love ALL people and, according to the Gospel of John, it is as Jesus first loved us. (sermon)

Then, we have examples of hospitality through the traditional means of Abraham and Martha, who greeted, invited, provided safe rest, and prepared food. We also had the less traditional hospitality of Mary dwelling, undistracted, in the presence of her guest. (sermon)

Hospitality, or the welcoming of the stranger, was of the up-most importance in the Ancient Near East. Again, it did not matter if you were Greek, Roman, or Israelite. It did not matter if you were Pagan, Jewish, or a follower of Jesus. We know this from the number of stories that echo the theme of reward or punishment based on the hospitality or lack thereof offered.

Before diving into this disturbing tale, I must warn you that it includes sexual violence. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2019 in Sermons

 

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Hospitality: Abraham, Martha, & Mary

This time after Pentecost is an extended time of green to symbolize (1) growing into discipleship and (2) the healing of the nations, or diverse persons.

I note this because our scriptures from last Sunday, today, and next Sunday are connected in their themes and, therefore, the intended message/lesson. This lesson is significant with the repeated efforts to re-enforce it. It also demonstrates that although it may seem ‘simple’, it is not easy because for the whole of human history we have and continue to fail to embody it.

So, quick recap:

Last Sunday was the parable about the Good Samaritan, a lesson about a “bad” Samaritan providing loving care to a man despite personal risk or offending the cultural expectations and norms. He was a neighbor to the vulnerable.

It was the undesired response to the lawyer, who (like us) seeks to justify our lack of care, of hospitality, and of love to those who may look, sound, act, think, believe, and/or love differently than ourselves.

So we continue to learn about being a neighbor and extending hospitality as an act of discipleship. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2019 in Sermons

 

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