I'm following up my Easter sermon by exploring another avenue where we find ourselves confused and even away from God. On Easter Sunday, we explored how we often struggle to find our way to God because, when we go at it alone, we miss the help that God yearns to give us. It's only when we accept his help and guarantee that we can begin finding our way home.
Another way we struggle in finding our way home is to mistake our true home with our physical home, our pursuit of our own happiness with our pursuit of God's happiness . My sermon on April 19 will discuss how we have co-opted God's dream for the American Dream. In case you missed it in the bulletin, here is the promo for next week:
The American Dream has been exposed: The promise of home ownership and a good, stable job for those willing to work is far from the truth. The requirements of capital, emotional energy, and sacrifices in time and family have taken their toll. We've striven and worked and at the end of the day many of us find...nothing. At the root of this idolatry. We've sacrificed our relationship with God at the feet of our success only to find such a sacrifice hasn't gotten us anywhere.
But what if there is a better way? What if God desires to lighten our loads, bear our burdens, give us new priorities and values, and shape our lives around his dream instead of the American dream? "God has a dream?" you might ask. You bet he does! And it involves you and your happiness. Be with us next Sunday as we explore how God's Dream of new life and true freedom sets us free to live a life focused not on what we can build for ourselves, but what, with God's help, we can build with and for him.