We can take the Bible too seriously. Don’t get me wrong, scripture holds THE revelation of God as the One who is steadfast in love and faithfulness to all of God’s creation, and the One who takes the initiative to save, redeem, and make all things new! AND… we can take it too seriously.
Over the next couple of weeks, we will experience together two FANTASTIC passages from the book of Acts: 10:1-17, 34-48; and 13:1-3, 14:8-18. The Holy Spirit has been let loose in creation and God’s love is taking the world by storm. Humanity has A LOT to learn about this inclusive, barrier-destroying, radical love of God – especially the disciples. Following Jesus, alive with the Holy Spirit, the disciples are placed in all sorts of uncomfortable situations. Opportunities for humor abound. Ever imagined God belly-laughing? You might after hearing these passages!
I have to share one gem from Acts 10. Peter finds himself needing to reevaluate all he has known about Gentiles. He’s thrown off his game. He is invited to preach, which he does with gusto, but there’s a problem. In his nervousness, he’s a little long-winded. After listening for quite a while, God decides enough is enough. The Holy Spirit breaks in: “While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word” (Acts 10:44). I wish I could have seen Peter’s face! He probably wasn’t used to being interrupted. But the Spirit had heard enough, and God was done waiting. I wonder how many times the other disciples gave Peter a hard time about that. “Hey, Peter, even God thinks you talk too much!”
So, come and worship! God knows we could all use a little laughter… Amen?!
See you Sunday…