Sermon Short for December 8th, 2019
Peace in a dangerous time
Matthew 3:1-12, Isaiah 11:1-10
The Candle of Peace is lit this week.
And John in the wilderness is screaming that we all have to repent or burn. “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Doesn’t sound like a message of peace. What peace are we finding in our world today. Many would say this is a dangerous time in the world with erratic world leaders and unstable climate systems.
But we are called to seek peace, and to be peace, in just such world. How?
Well, peace comes with repentance. Peace comes with turning towards God and living within Christ. It is not in claiming that we are the descendants of Abraham or that our grandmother and our grandfather were saints of the church. It is not in claiming that we are part the true vine or that our membership in the church is all paid up and that we attend as often as we can,
It is bearing fruit in keeping with repentance, fruit that arises out of our conscious and deliberate acts of love out of our conscious and deliberate acts of forgiveness, out of our conscious and deliberate acts of prayer, out of our conscious and deliberate devotion out of our daily turning and opening to God.