From the Hood to the Holler

SERIES – The Religion of Trumpianity

Luke 14:1, 7-24 GNV

1     One Sabbath Jesus went to eat a meal at the home of one of the leading Pharisees; and people were watching Jesus closely.

7     Jesus noticed how some of the guests were choosing the best places, so he told this parable to all of them:

8     “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place. It could happen that someone more important than you has been invited,

9     and your host, who invited both of you, would have to come and say to you, ‘Let him have this place.’ Then you would be embarrassed and have to sit in the lowest place.

10   Instead, when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that your host will come to you and say, ‘Come on up, my friend, to a better place.’ This will bring you honor in the presence of all the other guests.

11   For those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be made great.”

12   Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or your rich neighbors—for they will invite you back, and in this way you will be paid for what you did.

13   When you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind;

14   and you will be blessed, because they are not able to pay you back. God will repay you on the day the good people rise from death.”

15   When one of the guests sitting at the table heard this, he said to Jesus, “How happy are those who will sit down at the feast in the Kingdom of God!”

16   Jesus said to him, “There was once a man who was giving a great feast to which he invited many people.

17   When it was time for the feast, he sent his servant to tell his guests, ‘Come, everything is ready!’

18   But they all began, one after another, to make excuses. The first one told the servant, ‘I have bought a field and must go and look at it; please accept my apologies.’

19   Another one said, ‘I have bought five pairs of oxen and am on my way to try them out; please accept my apologies.’

20   Another one said, ‘I have just gotten married, and for that reason I cannot come.’

21   The servant went back and told all this to his master. The master was furious and said to his servant, ‘Hurry out to the streets and alleys of the town, and bring back the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’

22   Soon the servant said, ‘Your order has been carried out, sir, but there is room for more.’

23   So the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the country roads and lanes and make people come in, so that my house will be full.

24   I tell you all that none of those who were invited will taste my dinner!’ “

I. The Guest

II. The Host

Matthew 25:34-40 GNV34 Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. 35 I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, 36 naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’ 37 The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? 38 When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ 40 The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’

The motive for giving is compassion.

John 3:16 KJV – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

III. The Uninvited

One percent of the nation’s population controls 42% of the wealth.

Isaiah 58:6-7 NIV6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter– when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Amos 5:23-24 NLT23 Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps. 24 Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.

Jeremiah 22:16 NLT – He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn’t that what it means to know me?” says the Lord.

2 thoughts on “From the Hood to the Holler

  1. Yvonne Kelcy says:

    Great sermon! Who was the author ans book of the quotes that were cited today on the topic of what “Being Poor”i means today? Was that Charles Booker?


    1. David Birch says:

      Being Poor is by John Scalzi. A link to the poem is at the bottom of the message notes entitled “From the Hood to the Holler”

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