September 29, 2019 Sermon
"When is Enough, Enough?"
Old Testament Scripture: Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:6-19
Sermon: "When is Enough, Enough?"
I know that when Karen and I are approached by people in need at church, sometimes we have to remember that we simply can’t help everyone, that our resources have limits, and that there are other churches and charities in town that can also step in and help.
But it’s hard to see someone in pain, someone in trouble, and not be ale to help them. It’s hard to think of that one person in need, and multiply that by thousands, by millions. It’s overwhelming.
For one person. For one church. It’s overwhelming.
But I wonder if the problem isn’t so much that we don’t have the time or the money to address some of society’s ills, but rather, we haven’t made it a priority of society. We think of the problem as one that we have to solve individually, by ourselves. We don’t think of it as a problem that can be solved best by all of us at once.
And because we don’t think of it as a societal problem, we don’t approach it as a societal problem, and we don’t put our resources to the best use. We forget that that when Jesus has just a little bit to work with, just some bread, just a couple of fish, he can work miracles.
And we forget that. We forget that with Jesus, there is enough.
And along with this hyperactive individualism, this unwillingness to address societal problems as a society, we are sick.
There is a pernicious illness some have called affluenza, a disease that causes us to always be wanting more, more money, more things, more stuff, more stature, more fame, more success, more of what we see on the Instagram accounts of other people, more of what we see on TV, more, more, more, more, more.
More is addictive. I was struck by a recent truck commercial where the tailgate has 6 different ways that it can be put down. A recent review called it great gadget to have, even if it is completely unnecessary. And for those who want even more, and who doesn’t want even more? the tailgate can be fitted with Bluetooth speakers, because I remember growing up picking rocks, that I wished I had some Bluetooth speakers in the tailgate of the truck.
More is where it’s at. We want more. And it’s making us sick.
Recycling is almost seen as unpatriotic. Reusing, re purposing are words that hippies use. When McDonald’s wants to do a facelift on a franchise, they tear down the whole thing, and build it from scratch. More, bigger, louder, faster, brighter, newer, we don’t stop to think why these might be better, we just assume that they are. It’s a given.