Loyal Wirt

AMPHICTYONY

Rev. Lincoln Brown Wirt

February 8, 1970

Scriptures for today:  Bible reading here

Other Sermons from Rev. Lincoln Brown Wirt

Feb 8, 1970 AMPHICTYONY
Apr 28, 1968 YOU'RE NOT LISTENING TO ME!
   

Note: The original manuscript was typed in ALL CAPS and needs serious transcription and content proofing.

"AMPHICTYONY"

FOR A HAN SHOUTIHG AT THE TOP OE HIS LUNGS EROM A MOUNTAINSIDE, JOTHAH DID ACOUSTIC WONDERQ. EVEN TODAY I CATCH TRACES OE HIS IMPACT. HIS INTENT SINGES MY CENTURY. NOT ONLY IN THE TIME OE JUDGES DID THEY RESIST AND REBEL AT THEIR RESPONSIBILITY To GOD. HOT ONLY UNDER ABIMALECH DO THE PEOPLE DREAD THE RELIGION AND THE OBLIGATION AND THE MATURE-CHOICES THAT GOD'S RULE ALWAYS BRINGS. SCHOLAR JOLIUS BEWER INTERPRETS THE AUTHOR'S MESSAGE THAT ISRAEL MUST NEVER BE READY OR RIPE EOR ANOTHER KING. "THE LORD MUST ALWAYS RULE!" HE IS SAYING TO HIS BIBLE READERS, AND "THIS DANGEROUS EXPERIMENT MUST NEVER AGAIN BE RESORTED TO." USEEUL PEOPLE HAVEN'T TIME TO BE KING. ONLY THE CRUEL AND OBSESSED ONES WOULD WANT To BE." "LOYALTY TO THEM WILL PROVE A MOCKERY AND A DELUSION, AS THE BRAMBLE—TREE SHOWED THEN. TURN YOUR LOYALTIES TO THE LORD."

(SEE JL BEWER: LITT. OE THE OLD TESTAMENT P.IO)

EACH ONE OF Us CAN READ THIS PARABLE OE THE TREES AND THE BRAM- BLE KNOWING THAT IT SPEAKS To THE TOUCHY, EXPLOSIVE ISSUE OE AUTHORITY. IT IS THE BIBLE'S BLOOD AND HEART-BEAT THAT TRUE AUTHORITY BELONGS To GOD EIRST AND GOD EOREVER. A LITTLE CONNECTICUT LAD PRAYED, AND HIS PARENT OVERHEARD, "OUR FATHER WHO ART IN NEW HAVEN, HOW DID YOU KNOW MY NAME?" WELL, HE DOES! PMUL TILLICH REMINDED US THAT "SOMETHING IN THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE ALWAYS SAYS: 'IT IS HERE AND YOU DO NOT KNOW WHERE IT COMES EROM; ‘Ya: MUST BE GRASPED BY IT. YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN ITS POWER. (TILLICH: THE NEW BEING P.

WE ARE LIKE THOSE WHO DO NOT WISH To GET THAT NEAR TO THE NERVE—CEN~ TERI WE'VE ALWAYS HAD A DREAD OE GETTING TOO—CLOSE To THE THRUST OE THEOCRACY, LET US BE "AMPHICTYONIC" - DWELLERS ROUND ABOUT - COENTED ON THE ERINGES, SUBURBANITES, BUT NEVER AT THE AWEUL URBAN-CENTER WHERE LIEE ENOOUNTERS GOD, THE TERRIBLE, CENTRIPITAL HEART—BEAT. PBOTESTAHTS, WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN LEERY-OE WHAT GOD MIGHT DO IE WE LEET THE DOOR OPEN TO OUR SOUL. CAREEULLY WE CLOSE IT WITH A PROPER, "AMEN." KEEP THE SOVEREIGNTY IN OUR OWN HANDS; HAVE THE SAY-SO OE OUR EREEDOH; NEVER TRUST THE MAKER AND SAVIOE. MERCY IS MYSTERIOUS; EORGIVENESS IS SUSPECT; REPENTANCE IS SUBJECT TO MISINTERPRETATION! IN THIS WAY, WE AEONG THE ERINGES SAEE IN THE BACK PEWS, "DWELLERS ROUND ABOUT", STAY AT THE END OE THE LINE WHEN RELIGION DEOIDES TO MOVE ON!

I HEALD THIS STORY OE HURRIED PEOPLE WHO DECIDE TO GET SOMEWHERE IN THE CITY OE NEW YORK. IT IS A TRAEEIO STORY. "DO Yar KNOW?" ONE SAID, "THAT THE FLOW OE MOVEMENT ALONG NEW YORK STREETS IS ABOUT 7 MILES PER HOUR? "WHY, THAT'S STAGGERIN!" SAID THE OTHER. "Ho, THAT'S DRIVING! STAGGERING IS A BIT EASTER IN NEW YORK!" " IN THE HEW TESTAMENT TRAEEIC STORY, JESUS HAS DEOIDEDLY MOVED ON. HE REVERSES OUR PET PROJECTS. HS "INSIDES—OUT" OUR HABITS. IMKE NOTICE THAT IN THOSE AREAS WHERE HEN ARE MOST SEVERE JESUS IS SYMPATHETIC, EORGIVING, OPEN, PLIABLE. I MEAN LEGAL—RULES; I MEAN POLITICAL RESTRICTIONS; I MEAN RELIGIOUS RESTRICTIONS; I MEAN MORAL PLATITUDES AND PERSONAL PROHIBITIONS. OR.RATHER, NOT I, BUT THE HLT. GIVES EVIDENCE OE SUCH MEANING. BUT SEE THAT IN THOSE AREAS WHERE HEN'ARE LENIENT AND LAX AND LOOP—HOLED, THERE THE MASTER IS UNELINCHINGLY SEVERE} FOR EXAMPLE, HONESTY! OUR RELATIONSHIPS TO STEWARDSHIP, OUR LOVE OF THE CHURCH, OUR ATTITUDES TOWARD BLACK BROTHERS, BROWN~BROTHERS, "COOKS" AND CITIZENS IF‘CHINA. LOVE LAYS e HOLD OE US, LIKE JESUS, ANE SAYS, "ACKNOWLEDGE ME, OR GET RID OE ME!" -??- '_I . IT IS HEVEB.EHOUUH, ' . .AS SOMEONE WHIMSICALLY SAID, "TO LOVE MY OROOKED NEIGHBOR WITH ALL MY -??- OE A BOY WAS AcCURATE,: "OUR EATHER"WHO°ART"#‘ KNOW MY NAME?" -??- WT:-vvarr l'l!1'?'l'(‘I r1"l'1Hl11flC‘l 1I'f\fT ITILYTG fllfifrfiflffmm Am -??- gET US USE ONE ILLUSTRATION TO SHOW THAT JOTHAN ALWAYS HAS WORK TO DO. J’A S H I N O T O N G L A D D E.N LIVED AT A TIME WHEN THE ORITI- ?OAL ISSUE IN SOOIETY WAS THE IDEA AND IDEAL OF JESUS AS IT APPLIED PTO THE WORKINGMAN. 3 IN NORTH ADAMS, NASS, AFTER THE OIYIL WAR, }0HURCH~GOING SHOE,MANUEAOTURER WAS HAVING TROUBLE WITH HIS EMPLOYEES IN THE FACTORY. ‘2. PER DAY PER MAN WAS NOT ENOUGH, THEY SAID, SO HE - FIRED THEM ALL. MPTIED THE PLANT. HE KNEW A GANG OF CHINESE LABORERS WAS AVAILABLE. 75 "OOOLIES" THEY WERE OALLED, AND THEY WENT TO WORK AT ONE DOLLAR A DAY. THEY SIGNED UP TO WORK WITHOUT STRIKE OR INOIDENT FOR 5 YEARS. BUT NOT AT WAGES PER MAN. ONE DOLLAR SPLIT EYENLY 75 WAYS.

IN NORTH ADAMS, NASSAOHUSETTS, WASHINGTON GLADDEN WAS THE CbNGREGATIQNAL NINISTER WHEN AND WHERE ALL THIS HAPPENED. THE SHOE MANUFACTURER WAS A NETHODIST. WE HAD A OHRISTIAN'S OONSOIENOE » ABOUT HIS 75 CHINESE EMPLOYEES, AND ARRANGED EOR THEM ALL To ATTEND THE METHODIST SUNDAY SOHOOL. THIS IS THE KIND OF OUTRAGE THAT MADE WASHINGTON GLADDEN ELOQUENT. HIS TONGUE SINGED. NE BEOAME A FEARLESS LEADER OF THE SOCIAL OONSOIENOE IN AMERIOA BEFORE flYE TURN OF THE IQTH OENTURY INTO THE 20TH. HE WAS WISE AND OUT—SPOHEN. HE WAS ELOQUENT AND MOSTLY UNHEEDED. HIS SERMONS WERE OONTROYERSIAL.

GLADDEN WROTE A HYMN, PART OF WHICH IS EXPUNGED FROM OUR HYMN"BOOKS, BECAUSE HE WAS FURIOUS WHEN HE WROTE IT, WITH THE ANGER OF THE RIGHTEOUS MASTER AND LORD.

"O NASTER LET ME WALK WITH THEE,
BEFORE THE TAUNTING PHARISEE!
HELP ME TO BEAR THE STING OF SPITE,
THE HATE OF HEN WHO HIDE THE LIGHT.

THE SORE DISTRUST OF SOULS "SINOERE"
WHO OANNOT READ THE JUDGMENT CLEAR!
THE DULLNESS OF THE MULTITUDE,
WHO DINLY GUESS THAT THOU ART GOOD."

‘THE REMAINING STANzAS OF EIERY WASHINGTON GLADDEN'S HYMN ARE SUITABLE FOR "AMPHIOTYONYO" SINGING, FOR ALL "DWELLERS ROUND ABOUT." AND SO OUR OLOSING PRAYER WILL BE HIS HYMN. O NASTEB LET NE'PMLK'WITH THEE.

PREAOHED ON FEBRUARY 8, I970

BY LINCOLN BROWN WIRT