Sermon on Matthew 21:28-32 for Pentecost +17 A World Communion Sunday, October 1, 2017
Do not let the foreigner joined to the Lord say,
“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax-collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax-collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.”
The Vision that Compels Us
I just heard that there is a new book out, in the horror fiction category, co-written by Stephen King and his son, Owen, called Sleeping Beauties. In the book, for some reason, that they did not explain in the interview, all of the women in the world go to sleep. So it is, for all practical purposes, a world without any women. Maybe I have seen too many films set in wars or prisons, but that seems to me like a real horror to imagine. All male environments can get pretty brutal.
Anyway, hearing about that book’s plot made me think about imagining our world differently than it is. What would the world be like without any Christians in it? What would the world be like if Jesus never existed?