Wednesday, December 2, 2015

This Sunday @ Locust Hill UMC: Out of the Wilderness

The character during Advent that we talk about the least is John the Baptist. He is this wild and un-civilized character. What do we do with such a figure during this time of year? How does he fit into the narrative of Advent? This voice of John comes seemingly out of nowhere. It comes out of the wilderness. How can God start such a movement through a man in the rural, desolate woods? This is what makes this story so beautiful. Because this story doesn't erupt out of the busseling city streets but this movement begins in the middle of the wilderness where God begins to speak. Being that we are rural church we tend to use this as a mark against us. We say "only if we had the resources of the big city churches." If we read this story close enough it is those people in the quietness of the rural areas that God uses to bring about hope and peace to a hurting world. In fact God has been doing this for quite a long time through Abraham, Moses, David, Elijah, and this girl from the hill country named Mary. The Advent story says something pretty great and that is: God is longing to use those on the outskirts to do big things. My hope is that this will reignite our belief that this God still exists!