A few years ago when I was teaching college students, one of my colleagues and I were laughing about excuses students gave for not turning in assignments. My favorite was the student who said she mistakenly mailed her essay in a letter she sent to her grandma overseas. My colleague and I agreed that teaching wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the students.
This week in DiscipleChurch we are going to look at the familiar words In Matthew about not worrying about possessions as much as being concerned about the kingdom of God.
No one who knows much of anything about Jesus would think that “don’t worry about food you will eat and clothes you will wear” means he was telling us not to be concerned about the needs of the poor.
And when he followed up those words with “seek first the kingdom of God,” he wasn’t sending a message of inspiration to the guy who would eventually write the annoying tune, “Don’t Worry Be Happy” a few decades ago.
Not that I’m against happiness. It’s just a little more complicated than that.
“Seek first the kingdom of God” is a familiar and often quoted passage that usually leads to talk about ideas of the kingdom, practices of the kingdom, maybe rules of the kingdom — and of course it’s all about God and theology and so forth.
As true as all that might be, here is what might be bad news: kingdoms have people in them.
What in the world are we going to do about being called to make this the first place priority?
Wouldn’t it all be easier if it was just me and God? (Poor grammar is accepted in this line of thinking).
Just me and God and lots of good words about God. Hmmm. There’s probably a song in there somewhere.
Kingdoms wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for people.