Once I was gathered with a family to prepare for a funeral. I had provided them with a slate of possible scripture readings, and Ecclesiastes 3, our Seasoned to Celebrate focal scripture, had been selected. One of the family members had volunteered to read but made a suggestion on a tweak. “When I get to the part that says, ‘A time to love and a time to hate,’ I’ll add, ‘Except there is no time to hate; it’s always a time to love.’”
I said, “That’s not really how scripture works.” But I resonated with the sentiment. I hope for peace, the eradication of so many of the –isms (racism, sexism, classism), the healing of torn apart families. I want love to always win, but hate is a very real part of our world. And if we are to believe our scriptures, it’s even okay sometimes. But when? And do we really want all time to be a time to love, anyway? If so, how do our lives show our commitment to love?
Our Romans 12 scripture echoes that there is indeed a time to love and a time to hate, but the guidelines to when and how may be more than we bargained for.
- Key Scripture: Romans 12:9-21
- Sermon Title: Seasoned to Celebrate: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate
- Roundtable Class/Next Week’s Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
See you in worship,