Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mercy - My Favorite Part of Today's Sermon

There are many ways immigration in the United States of America is a very complex issue. American laws, both the spoken legal kind and the understood cultural kind, make arguments and discussions about this issue multifaceted and complicated.

Biblically however, there is only one faithful response: mercy.

Which of these three was like a neighbor?
It was the one who treated him kindly, the one who showed mercy.

The greek word used is eleos and it means more than just doing good. It “suggests blessing and unwarranted compassion as well as leniency. It is about pardon, kindness, strength and even rescue and generosity.”1

Mercy is looking at someone and knowing they don't deserve your kindness for whatever reason, their own actions, or the actions of their group/race/nation… and then being kind anyway because their status as a beloved child of God has a value above their classification.

I do not stand before you proclaiming this is easy.
I do not even stand before you proclaiming where to begin.

I do stand before you proclaiming that because mercy has been shown to us through God’s faithfulness and steadfast love, it is indeed our Call and command to show that mercy to our brothers and sisters of this world.

“Standing alongside family and friends and strangers petitioning God and calling down God’s mercy, we begin to see ourselves linked as the mercy-needing ones. All of us with our hard lives. All of us with sins and regrets. All of us in need of strength and blessing and rescue. All of us at the hand of robbers, and as the robbers… All of us made neighbors in Jesus Christ.”2

Mercy is the story of our faith…
Mercy is the commandment of our Call…
Mercy is the great commission of our lives…

Which of these three was like a neighbor?
It was the one who treated him kindly,the one who showed mercy.

Go. And do likewise.

1 Jennifer L. Lord. “Reflections on the Lectionary: Sunday, July 11, Luke 10:25-37” The Christian Century. June 29, 2010, p. 19.
2 Ibid.

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