The words are familiar and important.
Since we began our walk through the book of Genesis these and other such words keep popping up – on the page and in our thoughts and imagination. So do certain characters.
What is the common thread that ties all these characters and their stories together?
A connection to God.
That is also what ties their story to all people of faith.
Tomorrow in church we will reflect on this and many will also reflect on how it impacts another story – that of our story as citizens of a nation, citizens of the larger world, and members of a kingdom – God’s kingdom.
The issues before us – as citizens and as kingdom dwellers are complicated and complex. They are troubling.
Scripture puts it well: We must somehow be “in the world, but not of the world.”
Political parties, debates, worries over taxes, over health care, over poverty and riches, over national and international security, economics, fairness, justice, mercy – increasingly this is the stuff of the morning and evening news cast, the Internet posts, the Twitter feed, the Facebook videos, and all the rest. It is also what keeps many people up at night, restless, searching for answers.
But – for me – these issues are not disconnected from the Story I have mentioned above.
In fact, they are intimately related, because I must make decisions about such matters as a person of faith.
I don’t pretend to have perfect answers to these complicated issues.
I try not to be too political from the pulpit – something some applaud, and others, I suspect, criticize.
I do affirm that my faith provides answers – that my God provides answers – whenever I follow the scriptural admonition to “Lean not on thy own understanding, but in all thy ways acknowledge God, and He will direct thy paths.”
That’s an important part of my story as it continues to be written and it helps me sleep a lot better at night.
How about you?