November 10th, the Fall Ball is fast approaching. I hope you’ve bought your tickets—and if you’d like to help, please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a shift. We especially need some good volunteers to help clean up after the ball.
I’m looking forward to the food and the music and the company, and a time to celebrate this community with one another.
Also, our Bible Study tonight is canceled—Allison is caught at work and can’t come to teach it.
Finally, I’m happy to tell you that we’ve got the story of the widow with two pennies coming up on Sunday. Although she gives only what she has, what she has is dearer to her than the abundance of things are to the wealthy. I’m currently reading a book called Democracy in Chains, which traces the intellectual foundations of the wealthy right wing in this country. Unsurprisingly, it shows how some notions of individual liberty and the rights of the minority are rooted in slavery. Liberty and property rights become code for doing whatever you want with what’s yours—no matter what effect it has on others. And if others resist, well, it’s tyranny.
This outlook is contrary to Scripture, and the exact opposite of the widow. What penniless person can tyrannize the wealthy? How can the right to live in a clean environment, for instance, be tyranny? It can only be so if your standard is whatever you want to do with your great wealth.
Much of our faith is giving up the tyranny of wealth and turning instead to the suffering of the free. Only there, where Christ is, will we find joy and freedom. The widow was wise, and so we shall be, once we give up our panting for wealth.