Deuteronomy 5:12-15, Psalm 81:1-10, 2 Corinthians 4:5-12, Mark 2:23-3:6
**** Before you listen to this sermon on injustice and the government, make sure to watch this video on the definition of JUSTICE in the Bible. Not to be missed and essential framework for to listen.
Upon Further Reflection
I neglected to say something important when I talked about my attitude on our government. I made a statement that I am generally a hopeful person when it comes to the government. I am not super cynical. And I am thankful for my children's education, my husband's vocation, and the peace and safety I enjoy because of our government. This probably arises from my travel in other countries where there are no basic services like garbage pickup and safety was not assumed. I should have said that because of the protections I enjoy, I am compelled to work for justice...in the biblical sense...to work to fold more people into the dignity I assume and have come to trust. In our country, not everyone enjoys this kind of trust, their inherent dignity will be honored by the state. (See video below) So how can I, an individual, help heal that wound? Institutions can move, albeit slowly, and we can expand the circle of their care. That is often and should be one role of Lutheran Christians in the public square.