Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, Washington, DC Podcast
About This Show
This podcast features the weekly sermon message, usually presented by our pastor, Rev. Alisa Lasater Wailoo. CHUMC is located at 5th Street and Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC, and we embrace as a gift the diversity of our neighborhood and the world, celebrating our human family's diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, economic status, marital status, physical and mental ability, and education. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God and as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God's love and grace.
Recognizing that there are differences among us, we still believe that we can love alike even though we may not think alike. We proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion or discrimination in the church or in society. We invite all people to join us in our faith journey toward greater love, understanding, and mutual respect.
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Is it Pointless? Yes, That's the Point!
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“Doubt Everything” was Karl Marx’ motto.
“Question Authority” read pins worn by protesters during the Vietnam War.
Both could summarize Koholeth’s, the author of Ecclesiastes, approach to life and its meaning. We must wrestle with life and not always accept things as they are simply explained. We must question and occasionally doubt answers spoon fed to us.
But, as Ellen Davis asks, did either Karl Marx or protestors from the past or present, truly live out their mottos? Did they question everything including their own knowledge, assumptions, and very self? Did they doubt or question their own ability to come to a clear conclusion?
As we conclude our study of Ecclesiastes this week, it is my hope that we recognize the important role this work plays in our sacred Scriptures and what it is asking of us. At its core, “the book highlights every absurdity in human experience, every contradiction in human thought.” And in so doing, it asks that we not condemn Scripture, faith, God, or life itself as meaningless, because we can see the apparent contradictions. We and our lives are not above or apart from such contradictions. Rather, it invites us to practice humility, to humbly wrestle with God and struggle with one another as we “doubt from the inside.” As Ecclesiastes concludes “Fear God” (also translated as “revere” God) and practice God’s commandments of love (Ecclesiastes 12:13.)
So read the passages for this sermon and think over the last several weeks. Do we have more fear of missing out on pleasure, secular accomplishments, or knowledge than we fear or revere what God might be asking of us in this very fleeting yet poignant moment that God alone gives to us?
So, yes, we can question authority, but let us also question our own need to understand the significance of every moment and, instead, contemplate what it might look like in our own life to name our own limitations and, in the same breath, name the limitless possibilities of God our Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer. How can we be like Abel and please God in the simple, fleeting and yet beautiful moments of life?