To Believe or Not to Believe ?
That is the question.
Those of you who know me well or have heard me speak about my personal history know it has been a tangled and irony-filled journey that brings me to this place today. This is the first sermon I have preached in over 30 yrs. Proof you should never say never!
Suffice it to say that there are many who would say that I should not be here giving this homily. That in fact to ask me to do so is misguided. Those same folks would also roundly condemn you for inviting me to speak for giving me this honour and this platform.
I mention this only because it is pertinent to what we will be considering this morning.
My presence here is the physical embodiment of a struggle, not only in my personal journey but in the “journey” of the Christian faith as well.
As a way of beginning, I’d like to tell you what to expect. For the next 12-15 min. I SWEAR! The roast is safe! We will explore:
What is belief? What does it mean to be a believer?
Then: What might we choose to believe, and NOT believe? And Why?
And finally, if there is time, we will question:
Are our beliefs and the methods we use to arrive at them adequate to meet the challenges of this new millennium?
So to believe or not to believe that is the question.
Cute, right? I thought so!