Security at What Cost?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC, March 12, 2017, the second Sunday of Lent.

Text:  Matthew 5:38-48


I’ve been dreading preaching this sermon for a long time.  It is a sermon about what Jesus teaches about violence. It is a sermon about the ways that violence is one of the favored idols in American culture.  It is a sermon that challenges our assumptions about what creates, maintains, and assures our security.  It is sermon that is impossible to preach without leaving out important context, history, and nuance.  It’s a sermon that raises more questions than answers.  It’s a sermon that’s impossible to preach without stepping on everyone’s toes; it’s an “equal aggravation” kind of message.  In fact, in my preparation, I have found myself profoundly convicted and uncomfortable.  But this sermon is important; because it names an often unspoken but constant and pervasive challenge to those of us wh [...]