This Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr weekend, our sermon comes from Rev. Yvette Blair-Lavallais, one of the preachers at The Gathering in Dallas, Texas.
A single question has the ability to stop you dead in your tracks, pierce your heart, or propel you towards uncharted territory.
Our concept of peace is basically the absence of trouble, whereas Shalom means everything which contributes to the wellness of people’s lives.
The problem with assuming we know the details is that often reality differs significantly. Then it becomes easy to question our calling.
Are we as Christians more concerned with living normal, well-adjusted lives than we are concerned with living in step with our king?
This is what happens when we employ shibboleths. We don’t engage in critical thinking, we don’t assume the value of the other person, and we don’t speak with kindness to or about those outside the boundaries of our groups.