7.14.19 Sermon - "Love is Our Plumb Line"

And so Jesus then tells the parable of radical love to bring this man back to his plumb line. This story is a story that many of us know well. Many of us know that there was severe animosity between Jews and Samaritans, and so for Jesus to say that a Samaritan was the one who stopped to help this man out would have been a blasphemous thing to say, a completely radical way of looking at things. And this is the new level for us to hold up to our posts, to make sure our fences are straight, to makes sure our lives are level and in alignment with God’s Way of Love. To make sure that our lives don’t look like the fence that I built in some poor woman’s backyard in north Seattle!

The question I think for us today is again, where is our plumb line? What is it that brings us back into balance? What is it that brings us back into alignment? …

Love does something different to us. Love is this new, yet ancient and always existing plumb line. Love is who we are. It’s who we are made to be because we are made in the image of the one who is love. Love is our plumb line. And it’s what we also have to offer the world. So may we do that in the best ways that we can.” - Rev. Jonathan Myers

Readings: Amos 7:7-17, Psalm 82, Colossians 1:1-14, Luke 10:25-37