Jesus, United States, Beck discussed on WSB programming


And in no time have it delivered directly to you. Over the past year is our nation and the whole world has grappled with the covert 19 pandemic. Those of us lucky enough to have the technology. I've spent an extraordinary amount of time online. And in front of screens of various kinds. And here's a bit of an aside. I don't know about you. But I think I've directed some of my angst over the last year. Into retail therapy. It was online advertisers are tricky. I've been part of conversations among loved ones and with the staff of my congregation. Talking about how sick we all are of connecting Be a technology. Screen fatigue is real. I've also been aware of what a gift that technology is. Imagine what it would be like if we couldn't see one another at all for a year or more. Imagine life if we couldn't search one another out in this way. Imagine next what it would be like to be able to search God out in this way. Search engine to find God. We could set up an algorithm that like most of our social media platforms, Filters out all the voices we don't want to receive. Focuses on Lee on the voices of God. We could make sure that idols were banned from our feed. And maybe we could get an app that would allow us to order up what we needed from God and then get contact lists delivery. Even in this fantasy, we know it would be difficult for these searches to be free from tampering. How would we know that we were receiving God's voice and not a Bott? So easy, so easy to get lured, hooked. And distracted by nefarious voices. And all of us in one form or fashion. End up at the Beck and call of idols. At least there is a tried and true way to identify when we're worshiping an idol. And that is when that idol or false God lets us down. Oh, how we are for second by are false gods. All those possessions haven't given us the sense of self worth that we crave that great physique. We've been so obsessive about and paid for each month by direct deposit to the fitness club. Hasn't brought us any closer to believing we can truly be loved. The job that has claimed our loyalty all these years has ultimately failed to sustain a deep sense of identity. Your meaning? Our political leaders and allegiances and even the most precious relationships. Have failed to provide everything we need. Because gasp! People are human. And therefore fallible. And finite. And our idolatrous images of God as a being made in our image. Bowing to our puny vision functioning as a divine A. T. M. That God will let us down every time. In our search for meaning and happiness. Perhaps we have learned that the false gods whose calls we answer all the time. Do not provide healing for the deepest losses and Brokenness in our lives. Those idols. Even the most juicy escapism types. Will not set us free from what truly holds US hostage. For those frustrated by their seemingly failed search. Escape goat is often Who do you think? God. And the refrain hasn't changed across the ages. Is the same as we hear in the profits words today. My way is hidden from the Lord and my right is disregarded by my God. In other words, God isn't taking care of me. God blows me off. God isn't doing what God should do. Because you see God cannot be purchased and delivered in tidy packages with a next day delivery guarantee. God is not available in my way right away Fashion. These days. We do not want to wait. We want what we want when we want it. We don't want to hear that. God's wisdom is Unser chewable. Come on, Everything is searchable. Just Google it In our gospel lesson. Simon comes to Jesus and tells him Everyone is searching for you. And it remains to be the case today. Of course not. Every person will name Jesus as who or what they are looking for. But I believe that as human beings, just like those who pressed against the door where Jesus was in our gospel I believe we all search for something that will heal us that will strengthen us. It will make us more free as individuals and as a human family. We search for better life for more life. Peaceful life fulfilled life, a life in which we can Pay our bills. In which we can trust ourselves. In which we will feel better look better live better. We search for a better world. World in which we don't have to worry every day about the safety of our loved ones. World in which the concerns of the impoverished, disenfranchised and oppressed are the drivers of our political and religious agendas instead of shareholder returns and corporate bottom lines. A world in which we don't have to wonder each day whether there will be enough sanity around to keep us from destroying the planet. We search for a person with whom we can share our lives in our hearts. We search for a cure. For our diseases. We search for.

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