Nice sermon, Vicar.
Said often enough in churches, yet when asked what they dislike about Church one of the biggies that always comes up is boring sermons. Yet those who preach seem to be unaware that maybe they are among those who add to Sunday morning tedium.
It’s all down to dishonesty
Which is sad, but not surprising. Dishonesty is all around us. People do not expect politicians to keep all their election promises. Builders have two rates, one for cash and one for payment by other means so that the work does not go through the books. A while back the University of Westminster surveyed company directors and concluded that most would break the law if they thought they thought they could get away with it.
All lies and jest —
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
and disregards the rest.
Truth is not as important as risk analysis. Which is why I am not surprised that Christians can get sucked into it. After all it is how our society works.
Take a look at this:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
There is the rub. We are not supposed to act like everyone else. The renewing of our minds is where we start, and that is the Holy Spirit’s job, though we have to play our part. Allow God’s Spirit of truth lead us into all truth. Make it part of your daily prayer to ask the Holy Spirit to lead you, into truth.
It is truth that sets us free.
Jesus said that:
So He said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
WE have to continue in Jesus’ word to do that. To be honest,truthful and transparent in our actions, that is the start of freedom.