Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Opening Gambit to a Sermon

In which the main point is that Passion for Christ often, over time, turns into empty religiosity and legalism (see: Psalm 50; Luke 12:32-40):

Do you know the word entropy? It’s a scientific word, tying in closely with the 2nd Law of thermodynamics. In scientific language, or at least in scientific language according to Wikipedia, entropy “is a measure of the unavailability of a system's energy to do work.” In more common terms, it looks something like this: whatever starts out with a lot of energy tends to wind down into a sluggish mess that just sits there looking at you, daring you to walk over and mess with it.

It’s like those Saturday mornings when you wake up and think “I’m going to mow the lawn today! Then I’ll weed the garden, wash the car, fix the leaky faucet in the bathtub, barbecue up a nice steak dinner, and then get to that pile of books I’ve been meaning to read.” But you know how it goes. By the time the lawn is done your allergies have caught up and your back is so sore that you spend the rest of the day sitting on the couch watching college football, ordering out for pizza and skimming the Reader’s Digest for some jokes.

Or it’s like that new hobby you decide to take up. Let’s just say you decide to start collecting Dish Towels. You go to the local hobby store and buy up 5 magazines on Dish Towel Collecting. You buy some nice shelving units in which to store your dish towels. You join an online discussion forum on Dish Towel Collecting. You join a local Dish Towel Collectors Club. You go to the library for a seminar entitled “Dish Towel Collecting and You!” You purchase your first 100 dish towels, but eventually you find out this whole thing is harder than it looked. After all, it’s so tough to memorize all those patterns, those stitchings. Is that a 1998 Costco or a 1999 Wal-Mart? Is this from the Martha Stewart Collection or the Mike Tyson Collection? Is it the Spring Target model or the Fall Sears model? And then there are all the club meetings. Shortly after you started they made you the new secretary, and now you’re putting in 10 hours a week just organizing meetings, making phone calls, sending out postcards and emails. Piles of dish towels are collecting all over the house, and you just aren’t as excited as you once were. So you give up, deciding to go join your wife on the couch and watch college football, using paper towels – oh the horror - to clean up the pizza mess.

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