Where is Mr. Knightley when you need him?

 

We are gathered here today to worship our Creator. God made each of us in his image. Psalm 139 describes him knitting us together in our mothers' wombs. That same psalm teaches that God knew us, and had a relationship with us, even before we were born.

“The old alliances are dead."

 – Theoden

 

"The world is changed…
I feel it in the water…
I feel it in the Earth…
I smell it in the air….

Much that once was is lost. For none now live who remember it.”

                                        -- Galadriel

 

“Our list of allies grows thin.”

                                        -- Elrond

 

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

                                        -- Gandalf

 

“The West has failed.”

-- Denethor

 

Now that the Trump era is over, at least as far as his Presidency is concerned, it's worth taking a look back at what happened in the 4+ years that he dominated the political and cultural landscape. I am convinced that Trump himself is nowhere near the most important thing that has happened. Rather, Trump exposed and accelerated trends that were already in motion. The Trump era brought to the surface and revealed many things that had been hidden from view. This has been an apocalyptic moment in American history.

This post serves as a follow up to my sermon, "The Epiphany Star" on Matthew 2:1-12, preached on January 10, 2021. These notes summarize and supplement the sermon.

A few bullet points in light of yesterday's events:

  • As I have preached from the book of James more than once, man's anger can never accomplish God's righteousness. This is true no matter where that anger comes from along the political spectrum. Anger, and the violence that comes from it, are not conservative or productive forces; they are destructive.