I would not like them here or there.
I would not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them Sam-I-Am.
These are the words of the reluctant egg-tryer, in Dr. Seuss’ book, Green Eggs and Ham. The character does not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere.
He does not like them! Except . . . he has never tried them. Our passage for Sunday, has a crowd gathered around Jesus. He is confusing to them, so they ask him if he is possessed by a demon. They are not satisfied with his answer, so they answer him a second time.
I think this passage reveals something really true about human nature. We’ll call it the green-eggs-and-ham-effect. It is really easy to vilify that which we do not understand, those we haven’t taken the time to get to know. As our world becomes more and more polarized demonizing one another feels safer and surer than the vulnerability required in getting to know.
Join us on this Labor Day Sunday, as we explore alternatives to assuming the worst. How can we learn from this crowd and their teacher, who most certainly was not a demon.
Scripture: John 8:47-59
Sermon: “Demonize First, Ask Questions Later”
I pray this weekend grants you a chance to catch your breath and experience a fresh interaction in God’s beautiful world.