OK. It’s you. You’re up.
You’re going to tell someone what’s important, to you, about Jesus walking on the sea.
In case it’s helpful, here’s a summary:
- Jesus told the disciples to go ahead.
- They obeyed, and trouble came up.
- They struggled and were very afraid.
- They saw Jesus approaching in a way that was so strange they could barely believe it.
- Peter asked Jesus for clarification, took a huge risk, began to fail, and called on Jesus for help.
- Jesus saved him.
- Jesus ended the trouble and brought peace to the disciples.
What would you say?
In case it helps: the Bible says an awful lot of this:
Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. (Matthew 18:19)
I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it. (John 14:13-14)
There are lots more quotations like those on this webpage, in beautiful King James English.
Because the story says Jesus saved Peter immediately when Peter called out for help, because you find this idea throughout the Bible, would you preach it?
I would the hell not.
There is too much suffering that goes unrescued no matter how much people pray and plead.
I have only my experience and my mind to go on. I won’t give them up in obedience to a religious demand that I somehow absorb, and parrot, an idea that is obviously untrue. The Bible does not trump what I observe in life. I don’t worship the Bible, and you shouldn’t either. If that’s what faith requires, I will call myself unfaithful.
Here’s a sermon that responds to the story in a different way. I know about it because I met the preacher, Gary Manning, through Twitter. This sermon does not say that Jesus will make sure to save you from danger if you ask him to. But it offers an opening, a possibility. It offers something maybe you haven’t thought of before. The sermon begins at 13:15.
August 19, 2020 COVID-19 Infections and Deaths