See with New Eyes, See Past What We Understand
Meditation on Daily Office Reading Acts 17:16-34
By The Rev. Marcia McRae
From Her Sermon Truth Shatters Belief
Preached May 29, 2011, Easter 6, at St. Barnabas’, Valdosta, GA
The Apostle Paul says: “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.”
Like Paul, we must meet people where they are in their lives and speak in ways they can understand so that God’s Truth shatters false belief. These days many of us put a lot of trust in technology to keep us safe and free from harm. Most of us have experienced our technology crashing. In natural disasters technology can fail. People call these "acts of God" and think that God has crashed because of the death and destruction they see. God does not crash. God does not fail.
I can hear Paul speaking to us today: “People of the 21st century, I see how extremely technological you are. As I surfed the net, I looked carefully at the objects of your worship – your Doppler radar, your advanced warning systems, your Droids, Twitter, and iphones,– and I found among them a pop-up ad inscribed: Totally integrated Unity! The unknown way to connect. What you worship as the unknown way to connect, this I proclaim to you: I proclaim the Ultimate Way to connect. God – NOT things made by humans – is what I proclaim. God IS in charge even in disasters, even in death.”
Technology does not prevent disaster and death. Technology can enhance and save lives. It cannot breathe the Holy Spirit into lives. Amen.
I hope to post full text of sermon Sept. 16, 2012, after I take a photo of my apron that helps illustrates part of the sermon!