Some parts of the media have so successfully linked illegal immigration and the budget deficit that you could well come away from the debate believing that the one is the cause of the other. Among certain portions of our population, that impression reaches the level of certainty. In the same way most people will think "whale" when you say "Jonah", the mention of budget deficits brings up the immigration debate in the minds of many. It becomes "what everybody knows" and is accepted as uncritically as the notion that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. The text, however, makes no mention of a whale.
In the debate about our societal responsibility toward those in the dawn of life, the children; those in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those in the shadows of life, the convicted, the sick, the hopeless, we're often encouraged to believe that "God helps those who help themselves". Thus, the down-and-outs of our society have no one to blame, and we have no responsibility toward them. That's also not in the Bible. It's one of Aesop's Fables, but it's become "what everybody knows".
Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky for our sermon from Jonah 33:10-4:11 and Matthew 20:1-16 titled Righty Tighty by clicking HERE or download a pdf from HERE.
Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.