October 29, 2017
Now this text today sounds more like evangelism rather than a lesson about God’s grace, doesn’t it? And in the Congregational tradition, we are always a little wary about being toooo evangelical. After all, this is the land of the rugged individualist, right? Henry David Thoreau building cabins in the woods and civil disobedience to the Town authorities, we are less than 30 miles from that pacifist and libertarian spirit in Concord, MA. His teacher, Ralph Waldo Emerson, published a book was a huge hit in the 1840s called, “Self-Reliance”, and its theme was for the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow their own instincts and ideas. Emerson’s most famous quotations: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.” Your God is Your God. Not my God, not anyone else’s. God is in YOU, and with YOU.