August 25 - It's hard to be a Christian

Our sermon this week is by Todd Foster (who was recently, after a long discernment process, endorsed by this congration to pursue becoming a priest).

As Christians, we are told that we will survive our deaths in some form. We tell our children that they will go to heaven when they die. We believe it ourselves, although we don't really understand it.

But we must be careful. It's a mistake to give this too much emphasis. Any religion that promises "Pie in the sky when you die" is doing its members a disservice. It can result in disengagement and cause you to miss the world we are in right now, and your role as a disciple of Jesus. In a sense, we all need the hurt, injustice, beauty, love and downright terror that life brings in order to live fully.

Todd goes on to explain that these earthly experiences and issues are "shakeable". That the truly "unshakeable" is your compassion, courage, love, healing and good works. We are the body of Christ. We are therefore unshakeable.