Eric’s Sunday Sermon; Taking Away What You Can
Let Us Start With a Clean Slate
A Base Point To Start With
So there were two men. Both had obtained a degree in philosophy. They very much liked to go for road trips and spend hours truly arguing and debating things like the early works of Veneziano placed against the simplest of form by Descartes who owns “cogito ergo sum” or “I think therefor I am”. To be sure they were no scientists. But the inspired theoretical early notions of string theory was ripe for the picking.
The one opted for a more humanistic study and the other more theological studies. Of course one cannot move into either of those arenas without many hours in word constructionism and logic.
Can anyone even imagine a more boring pair? And do not worry the talks around the campfire and fishing were just as exciting although in nature they were more drawn toward discussion of plants and biology, Darwinism. And as hikers of the Grand Canyon formations and rock layers were in the mix. Go ahead and delve into the possibilities of billion year old rocks.
All of that to get us to faith and love. Christians to be sure. Not at all the same kind of Christians but both firmly founded in "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'’ From the words of Christ usually noted in Luke 10, I believe.
Here is the rub. Both men could read and decipher and had good recall. The appropriate meaning of a word used in a text had to be handled in context. So they had a neat trick. If a passage were different to each, then an argument would ensue. If there was no resolution and agreement they would move onto another passage and repeat. The younger man kept a journal for a bit. Now those passages not agreed upon would go into a pile. Those passages agreed upon would go into another.
Take it enaturally
Here was the theory; life is short and there are a bunch of things to do. You cannot read while hiking a mountain, surfing, skiing or driving. Not to mention amore. So we are not going to become experts in all things biblical. So let us take the ones of ease and clarity and spend our time on those. Now do not get your knickers all tied up. What they went after was not that it was easy to take, simply that a meaning could be agreed on. Some of that stuff is gnarly like killing a million Egyptians or Jericho. But boy is it easy to agree upon what it means.
How Wonderful That We Can Grow Younger!
A Birthday Above the Boulevards of Saigon
Pleas Spend Time In The Good Pile
Sorry that was pretty boring. If you stuck with it you are a true friend. But it sets up our discussion here. “Of what worth is an education if it brings no benefit to another?” How can a doctor survive without patients? Being a mechanic and only working on your own car is fruitless. Being a teacher with those you teach not being able think is a waste of air. If the famer only grows to feed himself he will die of sloth. And alas a writer with nothing to add might keep her fingers off a keyboard.
From experience I can tell you that most people who are really truly experts on a piece of literature are boring and cannot apply their knowledge for other’s benefit. There is a study floating around where they compared doctoral candidates. The group that went slower and incorporated more “life” into their life did better. Now do not get me wrong. It would seem that whatever endeavor you go after you should be professional about it. Let us just say that you spend a solid 3 hours on your craft or interest every day. You will become good at it probably. But if you spend a straight 10 hours on it some place in your life will suffer and most notably is the loss of ability to socially interact.
I wonder how many readers are close to a gamer who plays 10 hours a day. My suggestion is that none of you do. I mean how would you know them if all they do is game? The addict and the drunk sooner or later go so far as to only drink alone. And that takes a lot of time to alienate everyone around them. Maybe we call them an expert at alienation.
Or how about we do what our two men do? See this is what reading all of this is good for. Take parts of your life and put them in a disagreement pile and the other in an agreement pile. Watching a nature show that is award winning on your big screen and/or walking outside in nature. Those go into the good pile. Eating out every day of the week and/or staying completely out of the sun. Those we would be in disagreement on in certain ways. So we argue it out. We/you agree that both are the best in moderation. So into the good pile. Eating nothing in order to lose weight like fasting and/or eating as much as you want. We will never agree on that or maybe we do and into the bad pile.
We Can, As A Nation, Lead Ourselves Into The Light not Hell on Earthj
Some Folks Spend Their Entire Life Looking For Good
We Wonder If We Can Ever Get Enough Love
So here is the sermon good part. There simply is not time enough for us to be fearful in a scared way and confident in a moderate way. So choose which to spend your time on. The good pile or the bad pile. Just take the Bible. There are many fine internet and actual publications that will take you all the way through it in a year. I have done that twice and reading it completely as a text. It is cool. Like we hope these sermons are. Every time you read it there should be another take away. Hopefully these thoughts synergize with your thoughts and those can be so different even in a single day.
So with the Bible you just followed the excerpts from above about love you do not have time for that stuff we put into the bad pile. If you want to take away time from good service and love by all means go study more of the part of no agreement.
Of course I am of the opine that if we fill our hearts with love there is no room for the “other” stuff.
Just assume there is hell and brimstone and a lake of fire. Just assume you should be fearful of such wrath. Just assume if you follow the above commandments then that which will send you into the depths of hell has no room in you.
Please make those piles and then extract those concepts in love. You won’t have time to head on over to the bad pile, you will be busy sorting through the good and implementing into a life of sharing that good pile.
(I mean no offense to those who preach that you are going to hell if you do not genuflect in the way they say)