Compare and Contrast

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC June 25th, the third Sunday after Pentecost.

Luke 18:9-14

 

One day a man walked into the pastor’s study and said that he felt compelled to confess a sin that was newly weighing on his heart.  He told the pastor, “Every week when I come into church, I find myself looking around at the other men in the congregation and recognizing that I am the best looking guy here.  No other man comes close to my strong physique and handsome features.  Pastor, what do I do about this sin?”  The pastor replied, “John, that’s not a sin, that’s just untrue.”

 

We spend a lot of time, consciously or unconsciously, looking around at other people and comparing ourselves to them.  Inevitably, we end up on a particular rung of our self-created ladder of human value somewhere between those whom we resent or admire because we perceive them as smarter, better looking, weal [...]