Why Storms Strike
Series: Strength for the Storms of Life
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Introduction: A casual observation of this congregation is a living testimony to our desire for diversity in life. Just look at the cars we drive. There are some who drive very sedate 4 door sedans. Others prefer some type of family wagon. Still others opt for the opulent gas guzzling power engines which cost exorbitant prices. Some crave the four-wheel all terrain jacked-up monster truck that requires a step ladder for entrance. Some people drive dented, dinged, damaged, smoke belching relics. I saw a bumper sticker on one of these rolling relics recently that read, "my Rolls is in the shop". My favorite was the one that read, "my other car is a piece of junk too".
Diversity and freedom of choice and expression is also found in our choice of fashion. We run the gamut in this area. We have high fashion, low fashion, and no fashion. Some prefer the Neiman Marcus look, while others are more at home with the jeans and sneaker crowd.
We could have some great laughs if we were able to take into account the diversity of interest within our church in sports, politics, hobbies, etc.- but the laughing would come to a halt if someone were to suggest that our freedom and diversity be taken away. We would fight for our freedom, indeed we have fought for our freedom.
One sociologist has proclaimed that Americans are intoxicated with the concept of freedom. We almost worship our freedom. Even the slightest hint of limiting freedom brings the threat of another lawsuit from some group in society. We become paralyzed at the mere thought of living without freedom.
But, how many of us have considered that ...
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