Choosing Sides

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Note: Audio podcast of this sermon to be uploaded soon. 


A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC November 20, 2016, Reign of Christ Sunday.

Texts: Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 23:33-43


Whose side are you on?  That question is, perhaps, particularly fraught at this moment in American history.  We so easily slide into political partisanship, taking our stand on one side of the aisle or the other. Some, perhaps rightly, will say that the question of whose side we’re on is the wrong question to ask right now.  Others will assert it is the most important question!  Still others will always balk at the idea of choosing sides because it strikes them as exclusive and inherently dismissive of particular kinds of human experience—after all, “all lives matter.”  But here’s the thing:  Jesus chose a side.   


Folks will rush to claim which side Jesus is on in every debate.  It makes me thin [...]