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Eric’s Sunday Sermon: Perfection Is Not Allowed

Updated on January 28, 2018
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

A Hard Beginning

Please bear with me for a moment as this will seem self-aggrandizement. But it is much ado about something important. Now if that reference in tongue and cheek escapes you – no big deal just go with it. I do not know anyone that reads Shakespeare anymore.

A Sermon is clearly this kind as well as a preacher from a pulpit. It is a presentation of something deeper to spark discussion and further inquiry. It is a “lecture” on moral issues coined in a couch of spirituality.

Here is the Sticky Wicket Part.

How do I get across a notion here without seemingly being just an egoist?

Now I just happen to be perfect for such a role. Former trial attorney, you know the one that gives case winning closing arguments to the gallery, the judge, opposing councilors and the ever sacrosanct Jury. Then time coaching and teaching sports. Then the time as an adjunct in American College in Puebla. Teaching my own children and more. Then the time as a preacher. And then as a lecturer in Vietnam. Doctorate and BS in Philosophy. Theology since reading Thomas Aquinas and including up to Wesley and Luther of course of course. A little translating the Bible from Latin into Latin Vulgate because anything less would have broken my Jesuit father’s heart. My reference was a 1907 version. Given to my dad for eighth grade graduation.

I do not live like most of you. I live in clouds of no import at all. I opine without citation of the normal kind.

Just Beautiful

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Who Can Speak For So Many?

It Is Up To You

Bible thumpers on one hand revile me. Those that think that anything to do with a church is evil hate me. I do not do the philosophy of theology and Christ. Love is not an emotion as I have come to believe. Love is devotion and a state of mind.

I preach to those that understand my connection and their connection with the Bible. For instance as laid out above a bible reader would know that devotion is loving God and the state of mind is loving even your enemies for it is not their state that gets you to love, it is your state. (I could go: Mathew 22: 36-40) But what is the point in that, in these “sermons”? That is not my calling. And as an additional thought here, we can begin together to see all of us can be love not just those following a particular path.

Or should I cite where the notion of the first stone thrown is? Or do I need to remind you that the best wine through faith is served last. Do I need to remind you about the camel and the eye of the needle. Must I quote Mary and Martha, must scripture about Lazarus be laid. If you have ever been to a church wedding or not you know about Paul and love, where it is at, where it ain’t?

But do not worry I am as much beat up by those who know the only way to know and that they are the ones who know and not me. (sorry for that sentence but it is properly done) None of these have parishioners on a weekly basis. They just cannot cotton my questions that we work through together. I know that Joel Osteen brings in huge audiences and I have been and they are uplifting and wonderful. I am just like a normal guy, about 300 parishioners a week. But there are a lot that actually say something helpful to me when I shake their hand outside of our church of love. Yes that is metaphorical but so much of spirituality is.

Same Trees Different Season I Suppose

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Do You Have A Wheel Inside Your Wheel == I Think I Have At Least Four

Get With the Program!!

There are four things you might want to do. Run rapids, Jump out a fine airplane. Go to each continent. Marry a spouse from another hemisphere continent. Raise at least two children. Fly to New York on the same day you surfed and skied. In southern California or in Northern Az like Flagstaff and Sedona. Hide when someone is shooting at you. (OK avoid the Congo or whatever it is known nowadays, like Bombay and Saigon)

Two of my buddies who were as crazy as I dove off and died. We just do not buy into that is wrong. Call me a fringe and I do not care my honorary aunt and big sister made doilies with fringe that was the art. I like the kick ass fringe then the tight in the middle. Yes my unforgivable brain just explained outer folk as fringe needle point. But the one of my buddies dove of a bridge with no chance. The other on a dare out a 3 story window and Mardi Grais. New Orleans is made to let go. Maybe even to your tethers here. But God they are in my heart and there is room for more.

I am lost. And I want to stay that way. I want to be like those who are saved. No really. A good half of our homeless hope to get better. Get better first is a bed and food. Don’t you ever preach to a hungry child or mom. First your outer garment must come off and then our danged fancy sweater and then our shirt.

So now, my broken bones even with my wonderful wife and child and three other children and more than a handful of Siblings. Tell my true colors. I only beg for understanding of others and have no desire to be understood by others but to be questioned by them. Do not hang out at my coffee shop unless you want to lay more than your money on the table. No wallflowers allowed – except at the next table.

Let us strut our stuff and go get them this week.

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      Eric Dierker 8 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence that is the best. I would hope that these sermons ignite your interest to review you. Matthew 9:4 relates an interesting point regarding how we say things. And oh my, you are not supposed to agree with me as my personal opinion may change tomorrow and I will have to argue against even myself. I like your points. Made me reread this and challenge myself if it were written rightly.

      I am satisfied it meets my preaching vs. questioning standard.

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      Lawrence Hebb 8 weeks ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      I'm not sure I totally understand what you're on about here (I really have to be honest!) but I'm so glad that we're both 'on the fringe' and loving it!

      I'm about as literal as you can get with the Bible, the problem is the Bible itself tells you it's not always the way things seem (Creation story, was it really literally six twenty four hour days? the Bible says it wasn't, but for that we'll have to go back into Hebrew) and a lot of 'christians' really hate that!!!

      I'm just glad that most of the time, I can figure out what you're getting at, and with you 100%

      'God's not finished with me yet!'

      By the way, to me, Love is an act, it's something you choose, and choose to do something about.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frank you are too kind. I cherish your friendship.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 months ago from Shelton

      perfection is not allowed, yet all I feel coming from your hub is the light to perfect.. I love your sunday sermons my friend

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Linda. It is a very interesting concept. One I will cover again from a different slant after reading these great comments.

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      Linda Lum 3 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, with every sermon you guide us (or guide us back to) where we should be. As Lori stated, love is not a feeling, it is what you DO. You show your love for us by sharing your innermost feelings and observations.

      Perfection? None of us are perfect on this earth, but we will be.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 3 months ago from Washington DC

      Bro. Eric, There is no end.

      The bible's new birth brings us to the end of forgetting at discarnating for us to maintain remembering until it is time we go through another time to forgetting everything we've ever learned in completing the cycle. In "forgetting everything" phase we maintain a state of forgetting until we reach the next morphing place of completely forgotten before we reenter the learning but forgetting at discarnating "new beginning," and the cycle continues unceasing.

      Aloha

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Lori, thank you for your great conmment.

      I think I might do another one getting in to a "what is". So intertwined are love and perfection.

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      Lori Colbo 3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Denise, you are correct, the word perfection in the verse means complete, not without sin.

      I like your definition of love Eric. Love is a verb not an adjective or a noun. I don't wish to be perfect, but I sure wish I were closer than I am now. My but you've done a lot in your life.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith-Hope-Love excuse me, you have a fine name but I like this moniker.

      I, for awhile, thought perfection in love was the ability to hate your enemy and Christ makes it clear that is the hard part. But to reach and grow it really is better to try to love yourself, family and God as best you can and the rest of the story is in Christ's hands.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kari you are so right. And I go a step further in a split kind of way. Happiness and Love are in us. It is our decision to "exploit" those attributes -- Like you say, our choice.

      Don't tell anyone but last week I hated someone. It immediately made me sick to my stomach. Could it be that a perfection was achieved fighting the demon.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise you are so right in the context that you apply perfection. Are we who love not a part of God and therefor perfect?

      I think in most conversation it is that desire to be perfect in our works and talents. Works are needed but perfection is not earned or deserved.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita I really like your comment. I have a saying "if I become very rich I hope comes Gods decisions and not mine"

      Hard work to become rich is just kind of funny to. Is that why you work hard?

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just dealt with some not so good stuff. I thank you as my writing probably helps me more that others.

      Thank you Clive.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah that is a wonderful short version of the philosophical dichotomy about perfection. In the Judaeo-Christian notion we are born perfect and then we sin. Some folks declare we are born of sin - I do not buy that one. We don't need stinking sin when we are born.

      And so we strive and in that striving is perfection. The act of moving forward is the perfection not the result - unless it is.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      To all nice people who commented here -- thank you very much for doing so. Sometimes I miss things. Working on doing better but it is hard.

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      Faith-Hope-Love 3 months ago

      Great work, Eric. I thoroughly, as I always do, enjoyed your Sunday Sermon. When I am asked about how I am. I usually Reply "Perfect just 99.9% to go." Then, I will if they pursue, That perfection is always a work in Progress. That I am more perfect to-day than I was yesterday. But still I find those who want to disagree with. If we can, as you do, generate an ability, in those we interact with, to think for themselves outside the book then we are doing as perection in the journey of life was intended. Congratulations my Friend.

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      Kari Poulsen 3 months ago from Ohio

      I have to agree that love is a state of mind, not just an emotion. It is like happiness, something we have to decide to have.

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      Denise W Anderson 3 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      What are we to make of it, then, that Jesus told us that we are to "be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father, which is in heaven is perfect"? I think an expanded view of perfection is necessary. Rather than thinking of perfection as "sinless" or "without flaw", perhaps we can think of perfection as being whole or complete. When we leave this life, and return to the presence of the Father, that is what we will be.

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      manatita44 3 months ago from london

      I'm not perfect Bro. In fact my wish is to go to the French Riviera, find a beautiful rich woman and bingo! I've made it! (Sweet chuckle)

      I like to laugh, Bro .. to be a child. So don't take me seriously. I like your argument though, it's really cool! Have a great evening!

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      Clive Williams 3 months ago from Jamaica

      Good things can come from this message.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 3 months ago from Washington DC

      Well, you know me, Eric, I'm hanging out at your table in the "Coffee Shop" so I must put my "two cents" in.

      I define "perfection" as "the glue that keeps everything together" although on the physical level it doesn't look to be united. That means the "Zeroverse" [universe] is a balanced entity maintained by opposite attractions' imbalance causes motion that maintain perfection.

      Was that contradicting?

      I say no. In order for something to be perfect something has to be imperfect. We should have notice everything is moving, the imperfection, and whatever is within each thing is moving therefore the motion causes the perfection.

      I enjoyed reading it. It pushed my slow moving morning mind into high motion and that was the results.

      Aloha brother.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill the only perfection in my life is my wife. I imagine you feel the same about yours.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Harish. That is a very nice compliment.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Damn! Now you tell me. And I so wanted to be perfect. :)

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      Harish Mamgain 3 months ago from New Delhi , India

      Eric, there is always a glimpse of love and compassion in your sermons. This one is no exception. This much I could gather from this sermon. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Ann. I would prefer to keep it a secret ;-) But I have never given or written a Sermon in which I have not cried. If I connect we can connect. With what?!?!

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      Ann Carr 3 months ago from SW England

      Great message, Eric! You have a refreshing way of putting your thoughts across which is what makes you a good writer.

      Have a great week!

      Ann

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