Lectionary: Christ the King
Sermon text: Matthew 25:31-46
Excerpt: We are burdened with the responsibility of our brothers. It is the oldest question that any man ever asked God. Am I my brother’s keeper? And the answer that has been told to us over and over and over again through the entire Bible is ‘Yes. You are your brother’s keeper, and he’s yours. Get it through your head.’ And yet. We still haven’t learned it, have we? We’re still missing it, still missing the fact that we’re supposed to take care of each other. That telling somebody, ‘Go your way, be full, be warm, be comforted’ does them no good. That’s the way it’s talked about in the Bible. The modern equivalent would be, ‘Get your act together and get yourself a job.’ It’s the same thing. We’re supposed to take care of people. And when we see systems in this world that do not do that, we’re supposed to break them. When we see golden calves, we’re supposed to tear them down. When we see the moneychangers in the temple, we’re supposed to chase them out. When we see the abuse of the poor, we’re supposed to stop it. When we see the abuse of the outsider, we’re supposed to stop it. When we see food taken from the mouths of the hungry, we’re supposed to stop it. We’re supposed to stop it. There is another saying, ‘Evil prospers when good men do nothing.’ You see, while we talk about it in positive terms in this passage, the opposite is often true. If we see somebody hungry and we give them something to eat we have done God’s will. But if we see somebody made hungry, and we don’t try to stop it, then we haven’t done God’s will. We have to be active in this world. We have to be on the lookout. And you say, we’re not exactly upper class here. But you’ve got a mouth. And you’ve got a tongue behind your teeth. And you’ve got hands. And you can tell people. You’ve got a voice. And your voice is just as loud as anybody else’s. If you don’t like what people do, tell them to stop. You don’t like the violation of the principle that is outlined right here? Change it. You can do it. You can do it through the vote, you can do it through a letter, you can do it through telling other people that you hear talk. Hey wait, I don’t think that’s what the Bible teaches. And if need be, you can walk down the street with other people and tell the world this is wrong. Christ our King. The king sets the standard. The king presents a banner to march behind. The king gives orders, and the servants and the citizens of that kingdom follow them. But sometimes false kings rise. And they war with the loyal servants of the true king. And sometimes you gotta be careful which way you’re marching down the street, which banner you’re following. Is Christ your King in everything? The way you can figure that out, if you can read this passage and figure out which is closest to you, which description works best. Sheep or goat? Sheep? Good servant of the kingdom, keep marching. Goat? Turn around. Because Christ is our king. If we want to be part of his kingdom, do as He does and as He says. We will act like citizens of his kingdom. Not servants of Mammon.