The Light of God's Love
March 18, 2018 (Lent 4B)
Pastor Michael Howard
Brookside Community Church
What would happen if we let the love of God shine through us? What if we began to take the teachings of Jesus seriously and wrestled with them until we could find a way to practice them in public? Clarence Jordan’s example might inspire us to have the courage to be creative with our answers.
Perhaps we would not have things we allowed to remain in the darkness—but we would willing to tackle the harder things, things that the rest of the world has tried to hard for too long to keep in the darkness, things that we are not supposed to talk about in church, like racism, or sexism, or homophobia, or even gun violence. If we want to be born again, if we agree to be reborn by the love of God, to begin the world over again, then there is nothing that we are unable to bring into the light, nothing we are unable to wrestle with together. Only then can the light of the love of God begin to transform us. Only then can we see what that ever important verse really means that begins, “For God so loved the world…”
Only then can we begin to let that love of God shine through us and see the Kingdom of God begin to unfold.