By Rev. Vicki Flippin, Co-Chair, MFSA Board of Directors
We walked through our so-called secular streets this morning, through the maze of the extremely religious objects. The tall shiny monuments to the god of wealth and power, promising trickle down salvation and estate tax loopholes of immortality. The window-dressed, fresh-roasted incense altars inviting us to sacrifice to the gods of commerce promising the salvation of pleasure and image. The white and blue vested popes and priests of the gods of security–known as politics, military, and police–promising salvation by wall-building and arms-wielding.
We walked through our so-called secular streets this morning, through our so-called secular days this week, and we confess to you, our unknown God, how much time and energy, how many of our resources we have sacrificed on these altars, how much of our anxiety has come from fear of these gods, how many of our passions and pursuits are chasing these false promises of salvation.
We walked through our so-called secular streets this morning, through our so-called secular days this week to get to this day, this Sunday, this our Sabbath day, a day when we pause and look around, trying to find among all of these monuments and shrines of our extremely religious lives and society–seeking an altar inscribed, ‘To an unknown god.’
Some part of each of us knows that the true God is missing among all of our gods. That there is some true salvation that we have not yet sought.
And, in spite of what we sacrifice to every other day, on this day, in this moment, we lay these gifts before your altar–before the unknown Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer. This day we bring this offering because each day you offer to us the salvation that we need. Save us from that which does not save. With these gifts, with this community, with these relationships, allow us to participate in your saving work. Amen.