Hi folks – Due to the number of requests for a transcript of the sermon from last Sunday, “I’d Rather Be Fishing”, I figured we could at least post the manuscript on the website.  Several folks have called and given compliments.  Thank you.  May our greatest compliment be in how we both trust our faith in the gospel AND in how we put that faith into action.  Unfortunately, we don’t have an audio/video recording to post of Sunday’s sermon, so the written text is what follows.  It’s pretty close to Sunday’s sermon, although worship is always unique and no one can recreate the emotion and the Spirit in the church when we gather.  Also note that I don’t write sermons for the printed page, but for the ear – so grammar police be warned!  🙂

Blessings and thanks,

M

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ontheshoreJohn 21:1-19

When I was a teenager, I joined the leader’s corps at my local YMCA, and we did the 30 hour famine together.  I remember asking a friend, “Hey!  Why don’t you come along and join the 30 hour famine with us!”

His response?  “Hey!  How ‘bout I don’t because I’d rather eat than starve for thirty hours!”

I couldn’t blame him.  It’s understandable.  I bet the 20,000 plus children who will die of malnutrition and disease this year, mostly under the age of 5, would also rather eat than starve to death.

Here’s the Good News:  Those deaths, all 20,000 of them, are 100 percent preventable.

(* stats from http://www.30hourfamine.org/)

Here’s the truth:  Our world would rather not.  Because doing so, means changing how we eat, how we live, and how we see one another as human creatures sharing this one creation for God’s sake.

And that’s too complicated.

We’d rather not taste the truth of how we live together.

Our culture has plastered that message loud and clear on T shirts and Hats and Bumper Stickers – We’d rather be fishing.  We’d rather be golfing.  Would we rather be doing anything but wrestling with the truth, and living the good news that there is much we can do, together?

The greatest obstacle isn’t some problem that’s too big for our shoulders to bear.  The greatest obstacle is us.

This “I’d rather be” culture is killing our kids.  It’s starving our souls.

It’s bankrupting our morality and ethics.

Would you rather be anywhere but where you are today?  Would you rather be fishing, than dealing with yet another PTA meeting where you know exactly what the teacher is going to say?

Would school boards rather not have to deal with our culturally awkward attitude toward transgendered students, who seek safety in the simple act of using the appropriate washroom?

Would we rather not hear a guidance counselor spell out the truth –  that he knows the pressures our children are under?

Would we rather cloak the criminal acts of rape, sexual assault and child pornography in bland and bureaucratic  processes that smack of reluctance to tackle the real issue:  the culture and society we live in, that our kids are being steeped in regardless of gender, has to fundamentally change.

And it doesn’t stop with examining what went wrong.

It starts with all of us doing something right.  Now.

Why does it seem we’d rather be distracted by anything rather than deal with the truth we are facing in our lives?

I’d rather not have to look at each of the 117 kids we served KD on Thursday and wonder:  Would you rather be anywhere but here?  And has anyone listened to your cry for help?  As Glen Canning etched a father’s heart broken plea across the internet this week:  For Go