wash handsFriday, August 28, 2015

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

“Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”

This election season, out of the mouths that are getting the most attention comes: the praise of greed, the deceit of spreading unfounded rumors, the slander of women, the poor, and the stranger.
And the crowds roar with approval.

Out of the radio, comes a voice asking “What’s wrong with slavery?”
And sponsors have not pulled the plug.

Out of the compromised internet comes proof of millions of married men desiring to commit adultery, evidence of their folly in paying for promises that would not be kept.
And many revel in their embarrassment.

Out of the news feed comes the toxic equation of envy and pride and weapons adding up to murder. It happens every single day in this country. But that day the footage was posted online.
And too many of us gawked and then hit “share.”

In our scripture this week Jesus is trying to reach the self-righteous, the pompous, the arrogant, the better-than-thou’s. He wants to point out the lie that some are better than others by what they do or don’t do, the traditions they keep, the laws they follow.

Jesus is not just speaking to the Pharisees and the Scribes.
He is speaking to the entire crowd.
This is a message for everyone.

Sin comes from within.
It is in all of us.
All people are in need of forgiveness.

And no amount of hand washing can change that.

Pastor Sarah Trone Garriott