Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 11-JUL-2021 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Sandy Boyce
Pentecost 7 – John the Baptist had the moral courage to speak truth in the public arena despite the consequences, and his relentless truth-telling was inconvenient for those who held power and privilege and preferred power over principle. John, and then Jesus, replaced deceit with candour, falsehood with frankness, vice with virtue, and duplicity with principle. What had the religious leaders been teaching the people? We can be sure they were not teaching hospitality towards the stranger or care for the poor, and they were not calling out dishonesty and corruption. Such matters are mentioned quite explicitly in the scriptures, and they were being ignored. The current Australian Prime Minister, in his maiden speech to Parliament, spoke of his own Christian faith and of issues such as personal and social responsibility, justice and loving-kindness. But however well-intentioned his words may have been, government policies and practices are steadily undermining them. Let's hear afresh the call for a renewal of the moral courage the Gospel compels of us as followers of the Jesus way. Together, our collective voices and actions can enflesh the biblical imperatives we hold central to our faith. Repent, for surely the kingdom of God is at hand.
Mark 6: (12-13) 14-29

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