A Wordless Sermon

OCTOBER 4TH, 2020      |      Growing up in the 1960s, we saw the injustice and the tragedy behind the race riots and civil unrest. It wasn’t right then, and it’s not right now. Yesterday, while in St. Petersburg, Florida, there was an event that was a sermon in itself. There were no news crews and no television cameras, and most people probably missed the incident all together.

A car had “died” in a very busy intersection. Other drivers were zooming around the car honking and yelling. Two strangers pulled into a parking lot, got out of their cars, and ran toward the stranded motorist. Together they pushed the car through the intersection. The traffic kept moving, ignoring these two brave men who were risking their lives to help someone they didn’t even know. Who were the men? One was a Black mailman still in his uniform, the other a young White guy. There was no racial division, just two men working together for the common good.

We are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves (see Matthew 22:37-39). When we obey these two commands, we fulfill the will of God. Those two men preached a wordless sermon in a matter of minutes—may we all listen to its meaning.

A Wordless Sermon

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

–Matthew 22:37-39 NIV

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

–Matthew 22:37-39 NIV

Growing up in the 1960s, we saw the injustice and the tragedy behind the race riots and civil unrest. It wasn’t right then, and it’s not right now. Yesterday, while in St. Petersburg, Florida, there was an event that was a sermon in itself. There were no news crews and no television cameras, and most people probably missed the incident all together.

A car had “died” in a very busy intersection. Other drivers were zooming around the car honking and yelling. Two strangers pulled into a parking lot, got out of their cars, and ran toward the stranded motorist. Together they pushed the car through the intersection. The traffic kept moving, ignoring these two brave men who were risking their lives to help someone they didn’t even know. Who were the men? One was a Black mailman still in his uniform, the other a young White guy. There was no racial division, just two men working together for the common good.

We are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves (see Matthew 22:37-39). When we obey these two commands, we fulfill the will of God. Those two men preached a wordless sermon in a matter of minutes—may we all listen to its meaning.

We are all flawed and sinful, but the shed blood of Jesus makes us whole. See everyone as Christ sees you, for He sees the heart.

Lord, I want to be used by You. Please help me love everyone, for we are all created in Your image

Brenda Beattie
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