August 1 Edevotional

Pastor Sherrie Lowly,  Northbrook UMC

In a divisive time marked by theological and political crises, many people may be tempted to lament that Christianity ever “became political.” But that is to misdiagnose the errors too many of us have made. The problem isn’t that the church “became political.” After all, the gospel has always been political. When God calls us to love our neighbors, we are called into political questions.

The problem is that we are continually tempted to sacrifice the good news at the altar of partisan power. We are tempted to mistake our partisan commitments for God’s decrees. We are tempted to be manipulated by partisan actors who know how to pull the levers of fear, anxiety and hopelessness.

Yet the call from Scripture is both simple and worthy of much contemplation: “Love your neighbor.”

The call is to love.

So let’s not retreat from political questions. Let’s re-enter them with a renewed imagination and the love of our neighbors at the center of all that we do. Let’s not despair. Let’s not give up hope. Yes, we will get things wrong and will need both accountability and repentance.

But let’s love.

After all, “love never ends” (1 Corinthians 13:8). And let’s hope, for “hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us” (Romans 5:5 NRSV).

 

HAPPENINGS

MOM’S GROUP

Our continuing “moms group” will meet at the Gosser home every Monday during the summer
from 7:30 to 9:00pm.    This is a time for moms to be together without kids.
PLEASE NOTE THE TIME CHANGE TO ½ HOUR LATER.
 

TRUSTEES
The Trustee committee will meet on August 7 at 7:00pm.
There is always room for several more around the table.

SMALL GROUP FAITH FORMATION
Beginning Saturday, September 1, 9:30 am, we will gather for Small Group Faith Formation.
If you are interested in growing your faith and deepening your spirituality, we have found this
group to be a great means of sharing, learning, and praying together.
Stay tuned for what study we will take up in our group. Everyone Welcome.

RAIN MEETING
The next RAIN meeting will be on August 7 at the Northbrook Public Library at 6:30 pm.
Please join this amazing group, working hard to combat racism in our community.

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