You Can’t Claim to be in the Middle if You’re on the Sideline

This past Sunday, Father’s Day, I had the privilege of sharing in worship with the good folks of Bethel UMC in Mt. Washington, KY, through Facebook Live.

Our lectionary texts for the day were Jeremiah 20:7-13 and Matthew 10:24-39.

Jeremiah is lamenting how when he does the right thing, things go wrong anyway. Jesus tells the disciples the same thing a few centuries later. The common thread between the two texts is that when the journey of discipleship gets difficult, we double down on our trust in God and continue to proclaim and work for justice.

In times of deep division, many of us want to claim that we’re “in the middle”, but we can’t truly live into that if we’re sitting on the sidelines and not participating in the work.

“You Can’t Claim To Be In The Middle If You’re On The Sideline” Bethel United Methodist Church in Mt. Washington, KY. Jeremiah 20:7-13; Matthew 10:24-39

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