Is it me or is this week flying by? I am thinking about the Gospel lesson, with its two stories of healing, and also considering the text from James, which I must day is a letter I have never preached from yet, at least not in front of an audience. I honestly haven’t decided on which of these to focus. I guess I’d better decide by tomorrow, when the bulletin information is due!
I once saw the story of the Syrophoenician preached with real dogs! The gist of that message was our (antibiblical) way of keeping the outsider out and insiders in, and the preacher did so through a discussion of irresponsible inbreeding that culminated in a visual commentary on my own denimination that brought a chapel full of jaded seminary students to their feet, cheering. I’ve been skiddish about that text ever since.
The epistle talks about the treatment of the rich and the treatment of the poor. Again, insiders VS outsiders. I saw a commercial this morning for a candidate for our state’s attorney general. This particular candidate’s big issue is Snow Belt’s huge “problem of illegal immigrants”. Seriously. Somebody should get that man a map and show him where the nearest foreign country is. Maybe some focus on the problems of the rich and poor is needed in this election year.
So, my preaching (or not) friends, this is my question for you today: do you ever get political in the pulpit?