15-11-22 Truth

My Dear Congregation! Let us reflect this week on the truth for which Jesus bore witness, the truth of our King whose Kingdom is not of this world.

John 18: 33 to 37: [33] Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews? [34] Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me? [35] Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done? [36] Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. [37] Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

Last Week I asked whether Mark 13: 24 to 32 is scientific nonsense. This week let us reflect on what is the truth for which Jesus bore witness and contrast it to the ‘scientific sense’ of the world. The Kingdom of Jesus is not of this world. If His Kingdom was of this world, his servants would have fought. So there is the main part of the answer: Don’t fight, Love! And this truth is for every moment of the week, not just for Sunday Morning.

But who can understand the whole truth? We are not called upon to understand the whole truth, we are called upon to believe the truth, we are called to believe in Love. Love is the difference between the clay from which we are made and the living souls who we are. Love is an out of this world experience! Love is the difference between some wood and needles and a Christmas Tree! Love is the difference between some bricks and our Church!

What is Love? Any favour is an act of Love!

So what is held to be the ‘truth’, the ‘scientific truth’, by this world? We are teaching our children they have to earn money, so we pay them for chores?! We teach them, only the strongest shall survive? Is that how we try to create a loving peaceful society?

We are planning the obsolescence of our goods. We are making things so that they will not last! The purpose of this is to secure income to companies and jobs to their employees! Why can’t we make durable goods and maintain factories only to replace worn out goods? Why can’t the workers who make these poor quality goods, make durable goods and then work much less? Answer, because others would be envious and would not want to work themselves anymore. Is this the reason we have to work:

Gen. 3: 17 to 19: And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.

God took back this curse in Gen. 8: 21! Isn’t the reason for work an actual outcome, not a suffering to justify our lives? Isn’t a company who tries to find new markets or even to create them, like a husband who says to his wife, ‘Darling, now that we have the new dishwasher, why don’t you go to the neighbours and see whether you can do the dishes there?’

And what about the environment? We are creating unnecessary waste and dump it in our landscapes, we are wasting non – renewable resources of materials and energy to produce more and more low quality goods that need to be replaced so that income and employment are preserved, we are creating unnecessary carbon dioxide in the production of these goods and even more of this greenhouse gas for the ever repeating transport from factory to consumer.

Is this what is meant by ‘scientific truth’? It is not really science which is failing here, but social science. It is the way we live together. Our politicians and their economic advisors are unable to organise our society differently. They say, when we had growth everything went well, therefore we need ever continuing economic growth. It is like saying when a couple gets married, the further their lives progress the harder they will have to work for their sustenance. Is this ‘scientific truth’? Economists are unable to change it. Therefore we don’t count our blessings anymore these days, but we are instructed by economists and marketing experts to dream big, and instead of loving our neighbours to compete with them!

Can there be truth in Love? Can we look upon a person who has finished his task for our society without greed and envy? Can we trust each other? Can Love be our guiding principle, our out of this world experience, a principle higher than ourselves, a principle we cannot understand, but which we can follow within the scientific laws which some of us are able to understand, a principle which rules between us and over us and brings happiness to our lives?

Luke 17: 21: … the Kingdom of God is within you!

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Amen