Go and Do Likewise- Luke 10:25-37

The sermon this week, July 14, 2-13, was a little different at First Presbyterian Church, I had a sermon all typed up and ready to go for this week about compassion and kindness. Then on Saturday night the verdict for the George Zimmerman case came down. This case had been at the center of national controversy. The fact that George Zimmerman shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old boy, named Trayvon Martin, were not in dispute. The only question was whether or not he was justified in his confrontation and subsequent pulling of the trigger.

In an attempt to be responsible to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have integrity in my call as a pastor and spiritual guide to this congregation. I sat down and talked about how the question, "Who is my neighbor?"

I did not have anything written but I did read a lot of other pastors and leaders thoughts on the matter. Instead of trying to remember what I said and articulate it here my goal is to compile a list of resources that I used to shape the message.

I have no doubt that the Holy Spirit was with us on Sunday and I pray that my words were a balm and a catalyst to change the broken and unjust systems we find ourselves in.

To the best of my ability here are the resources I used:

The Misunderstood Jew by Amy-Jill Levine

A Certain Child Was Going Home From the Corner Store a sermon by Rev. Katie Mulligan

George and Trayvon: At the Intersection of Guns, Race, Heroes, and Justice a blog by Rev. Jennifer Mills-Knutsen

3 things privileged Christians can learn from the Trayvon Martin case a blog posted before the verdict by Dr. Christena Cleveland

Unequal Access to Immoral Laws a blog by Left Cheek: The Blog

A facebook status by Alex Fraser

Parable of a Good Samaritan: A Response to the Acquittal of George Zimmerman a blog at Progressive Christianity

These along with thousands of tweets and facebook statuses and prayer and scripture shaped what I said.

I finished my sermon with this. "My prayer is that we will one day see those who are different from us not as suspicious but as brothers and sisters in Christ."

Greg Bolt