10/16/16 - "To Whom Shall We Go" - Gospel: Luke 18:1-8
The woman wanted justice. She was in a conflict to which she was powerless to effect a solution. The authorities didn't want to get involved. But she kept coming back. She kept after the judge to do something. She camped outside his office. She followed him around. She would not let it go. Finally, the judge, who admitted he didn't care about her plight, decided to help her just to get rid of her. She had worn him down. 
Do you recognize this story? It is the parable Jesus tells in Luke 18:1-8. It is in response to the Pharisees asking Jesus when the Kingdom of God might come. Jesus tells them the Kingdom is already here (Luke 17:20-21) and how precarious life can really be (Luke 17:22-37). Then he introduces our parable that is this week's gospel reading by saying that it is "about their need to pray always and not to lose heart." 
This parable is one of Jesus' most misunderstood parables. People tend to mix up where God is in this story. Through this sermon we'll work to get it right. 
Pastor Karla