Pastor Brendan Johnston, Bethlehem Lutheran
Sometimes, we are reminded of exactly how much depends on us.
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Social media was marketed to us as a grand unifier. This bridge building platform where we would connect with our friends, our heroes, and from there, connect to every other corner of the planet. But in many ways, social media in particular and the internet in general has become a rocky wilderness where all too often, people lash out with harsh words, mud slinging, trash talk and raw spite. “Of course you’d say that; you’re a stupid (insert label)!” “That must mean you like Hitler!” And then there are the lies and smears that really get my blood boiling.
In the last two weeks, something may have slipped by you. We passed the 100-year mark since the end of World War I — The Great War, The War to End All Wars, The Seminal Tragedy of the 20th Century. We do worship a God who is present in all places and a God who is unconditionally for all people. Yet God’s omnipresence and universal love does not make it somehow possible for God to approve of both sides of a war, and I believe that God frequently looks at human violence with dismay at all sides.
After the Sabbath, some women were on their way to Jesus' grave to embalm his body. They were preparing to move on and come to terms with the finality of death once again. Along the way, they probably talked about how caring Jesus had been and what a great example he was. But then They discover that the tomb is empty.