“… as you tested him at Massah.”

“You shall not put the Lord your God to the test, as you tested him at Massah.” (Deuteronomy 6:16) Massah is a word that means “test” and it was given that name because this was the place where the Hebrew people complained about a lack of water. Jesus quoted that verse of scripture when he was being tempted in the wilderness by the devil to prove his divine nature. He resisted this temptation by quoting this verse: “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”
I have to tell you that I have been absolutely disgusted by the behavior of some pastors and churches during this pandemic. Seeing buildings full of worshipers without masks and to hear pastors arrogantly claiming divine protection is just foolish and stupid. It makes me embarrassed for the Church and as a person of faith. You have to wonder why those who claim to know the Bible so well don’t know this one: “You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”
I miss being in worship with you — but we will not test God or fate or luck. I hope you are joining us online. It is not the same but it is a meaningful time for many. My scripture verse that I come back to time and again comes from Micah: “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.”

8/5/20 – A Franciscan Blessing

I think it was our own sister Barbara, good Franciscan that she is, who first shared with me the following Franciscan Blessing. everytime I use it, I get multiple requests for a copy. Why? I think it is because it is real and honest and as everybody who has ever tried to to live the gospel knows, it is not easy. And so bless you — here it is:
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships; so that you may live deeply within your heart.
   May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people; so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
   May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war; so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
   And may God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world; so that you can do what others claim cannot be done. Amen. 

Pastor Steve Lundin