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This Is What We Live For??

Series:

This Is What We Live For??

Acts 2:38-39
Rev. Andrew Beunk
2011-06-19

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The sermon was introduced by this parable that Pastor Andrew wrote.

“A Modern-Day Parable”

By Rev. Andrew Beunk

“There once was a certain city situated in a region that some called “The Best Place on Earth.” It was a beautiful city, abundant with blessing. People from around the world sought a home in this world-class city. Like a bejewelled crown the city was encircled with majestic beauty. Snow capped mountains, refreshing rivers, fertile valleys, ocean vistas inspired all who visited its streets. And it happened in those days that the city teemed with delight. Virtually untouched by the recent economic downturn, hubristic joy filled residents as many nations of the world arrived on its doorstep to compete for gold.  Overflowing streets enjoyed elation and thrill as King Crosby won the country’s team its prized Gold medal. The country and its world class city, “owned the podium.” Even the ocean and rivers seemed to share in the celebration as many nets hauled in the succulent salmon that year.

Shouts of “We believe!” ascended like prayers.

Expectation subtly mingled with entitlement swelled up in the hearts of the city as their team battled for Lord Stanley’s cup. “In Luongo we trust”–confessed with a playful and prayerful certainty–buoyed the assurance of victory.

“This is what we live for!” the people cried out.

When the “This” that they lived for did not deliver, expectation turned to eruption. The flame of Zeus from Mt. Olympus, carried to the city’s seaside cauldron, representing world peace, unity, and the spirit of sport, was no match for the flames of anger and passion that senselessly ignited cars, looted stores, and destroyed dreams.  The chaotic display of hooliganism by hundreds, and engaging entertainment by thousands, scarred the city not once, but twice. The people breathed out a collective sigh of sadness, embarrassment and shame…perplexed that a city so high in civic pride could sink so low in absurd revelry. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”