Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 06-SEP-2020 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Vikki Waller
Pentecost 14 – The gospel passage is the classic text for church discipline. If someone in the church offends you, try to sort it out in private; if that doesn't work, try again with a few witnesses present; if there's still no resolution, get the whole congregation involved; and as a last resort, treat the offender the same as you'd treat a social outcast. The Jesus way of treating a social outcast is not to throw him out and ignore him, but to welcome and befriend him and go partying with him. It has little in common with judicial punishment and the law, which use force in an effort to make the miscreant see reason. In his letter to the Romans, Paul puts law in its place: if we love one another, we are already fulfilling the law. The good news is that God is not interested in punishment. But loving the 'wrong' sort of people, the Jesus way, can be regarded as an undermining of the authority of law, and it can get you into trouble. That was certainly the case for Jesus. He was accused of disregarding the Law and stirring up trouble in the lower classes with his subversive teaching; he was found guilty as charged and put to death by crucifixion; and such was God's approval of what Jesus had achieved, that he was raised from death on the third day.
Romans 13: 8-14; Matthew 18: 15-20

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