The front cover of The Lutheran's September issue depicts the horrific
circumstances of the Sudanese people. The back cover coaxes Americans
to ponder a bigger boat, a bigger house, etc. How does the reader
digest both messages?
was reading lessons and choosing hymns for upcoming Sundays when the
September issue arrived. I perused the contents page and laid the
magazine face down to resume my work of choosing hymns for Sept. 26 on
the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. As I glanced over at the
magazine, I found a rather poignant sermon illustration. On the front
cover: a vulnerable, suffering Sudanese woman. On the back cover: a
relaxing, tanned North American, with the invitation to "Save enough
for a bigger house. Save enough for a bigger boat. Save enough for a
bigger nest egg to leave the grandkids." But it was the next line that
said it all: "What we choose to do with our money ultimately comes down
to what we value." Wow, I think Jesus would agree.
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