Sermon for the Second Sunday of Epiphany: When you’re in a hole, stop digging.

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We hear the story of the call of Samuel again and again in church. But we rarely discuss the judgment on Eli and his family that is explicit in that call. This story from scripture is one of many stories where God lifts up someone to role, and when that person turns aside from God’s path, God turns aside from that person and lifts up another to take their place.

It’s a reminder for all of us who lead in the Church. It’s a reminder for all of us who say we are speaking God’s words. And it’s a reminder for us as a nation and in this moment, that it is possible to forsake God’s ways. It is a call to always be seeking the right thing, and when we don’t do that, to turn back and repent of the wrong.

Jesus tells us to bear good fruit. And Paul reminds us what that fruit looks like, and what it doesn’t look like.

If your life and your behavior does not bring joy, love, peace, then you are not following God’s will. Turn aside from that path, or stop digging in deeper, and follow a path that bears the right fruit.

(It’s a long sermon this week. Sorry. Lots to say.)