Sermon for 1 John 1:1--2:2 - Anybody NOT Seeing Red
Easter 2

Whether you were paying taxes this past Wednesday, or were lucky enough to rate a refund, it's been hard not to see anything but red this past week.

The Declaration of Independence has a phrase that is an indictment of King George. Pretend you don’t know who it’s referring to. The US “Declaration of Independence” declares that its people should not have to deal with meddlesome agencies that “harass our people and eat out their substance.”

Big-time billion-dollar bail-outs, trillion-dollar infusions and incentives, quadrillion-dollar deficits . . . all these plots and plans offer some down-the-road pots-and-pans help. But they also constantly remind us of how sickly and emaciated our economy is right now. The flow of red ink is causing businesses that have been going strong for generations to shut their doors forever.

The trickle-down of all that red ink results in more dreaded “pink slips.” A sad short list of “recession proof” jobs included “accountants (needed to keep track of all the losses, audit the books, and pay the taxes), lawyers (needed to orchestrate all bankruptcies and legal troubles that are on the increase), and clinical psychologists (who benefit from a land-office business in depression!).

If you’re not seeing “red,” your real name is Rip Van Winkle. Wake up. The frog in the pot has come to a boil. Hope you like frog’s legs. It’s not just Chicken Little who is wearing a hard-hat from all that’s falling from the sky. It almost makes you want someone to put some Valium in the water so that everyone and chill out and calm down.

During the long, dreary, doom-and-gloom winter of 2008-2009 it seemed that the only way to deal with these tough times was to “hunker-bunker down.” Grab your family, protect your most precious possessions, and circle the wagons against an uncertain, unfathomable future.

But we cannot hunker-in-the-bunker forever. Spring is finally here and the miracle of Easter reminds us that we live in a post-resurrection world. Disciples of the risen Christ are not supposed to hunch their shoulder and just try to get through the storms. Disciples are supposed to learn how to dance in the rain. When the winds of life are whipping us, we fly kites. There is no such thing as a “Christian Survivalist.” We are not called to “survive.” We are called to...

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