Blood Money

Sunday, April 9, 2017

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC, April 9, 2017, Palm Sunday.

Text:  Matthew 21:1-17


Blood…Money…As I sat down to the computer to write today’s sermon, I found myself staring at the screen and the title I chose months ago:  “Blood Money.”  And I got to thinking about how those two words have been so closely related throughout human history.  I couldn’t help but think about this past week’s history and the fact that the U.S. bombed Syria on Thursday—a not-new occurrence by the way (the U.S. dropped more than 12,000 bombs in Syria in 2016 according to the Council on Foreign Relations[i]).  I thought about how—in the wake of an attack—ad revenues lead news agencies to become purveyors of what one writer described as “weapon porn,”[ii] showing image after image of weapons and violence—images that inspired a prominent reporter to describe the “flig [...]