In this sermon delivered on Sunday, February 20, I explore the biblical notions of holiness and perfection through the lens of Jesus’ teachings on loving our enemies. Unlike what is usually assumed, Jesus is not advocating passivity or acceptance of abuse, but imaginative nonviolent resistance in the tradition of the civil rights movement. Ultimately, Jesus is telling us that we are holy, sacred, and worthy of love – not because of anything that we do – but because God lives within us. And that through us, God will transform the world.
Now that’s a church I want to be a part of.
Epiphany 7A Scriptures: