"Follow" -- Sermon from July 2, 2022


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Social Media can be a wonderful tool for connecting with family, friends, and the world around us. It can also be a home to misinformation, hatred, and otherwise nasty comments. Sometimes engaging others online feels like being a lamb amongst wolves. At other times we get trapped in the algorithm that surrounds us with posts that match our beliefs. We are mistaken when we think we can change someone else’s viewpoint by posting our own that we believe to be the only viewpoint thanks to the curating of our newsfeed by the algorithm. In the Gospel text this week, followers of Jesus are sent out into the world “like lambs into the midst of wolves.” Jesus knows that they won’t always be welcomed and when that happens advises them to go into the street and say, “Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near.” Sometimes in life we need to recognize when we are not welcome and rather than try and force our way into the lives of others we need to shake off our feet and walk away. We trust that the Kingdom of God has come near and that God is working even when our attempts fail. When the followers return they are excited about the power of God that was at work through them. Jesus tells them, “Do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” When we live into the joy of our salvation, by sharing love, grace & compassion, we are far better witnesses to the love of God than when we focus on the other person’s salvation. Even if we need to shake off the dust & give up on a person who rejects us, God, or God’s message, the Good News is that God never gives up!

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