My title, you may recognize, is a reversal of Barak Obama’s book, “The Audacity of Hope.” In turning it around I do not mean or intend any disrespect as it, along with poet Malcolm Guite’s meditation on the “Audacity of Vulnerability”, got me thinking about our life both as Christians and as a Church. This Sunday at Living Spirit we will be hearing a story and a parable from the Bible: from the Book of the Exodus (32:1-14), Moses and the golden calf, and from Matthew (22: 1-14), the king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. Whether these are familiar or not I would encourage you to look them up before Sunday and read them through at least once, there is a Table of Contents to help you locate them and they are short!
Audacity is obvious in both. The Exodus story centers on the audacity of the people who grow tired of Moses absence (he was up a mountain talking to God) and demand that his brother, Aaron, build them a golden calf to worship. In Matthew the audacity comes from the king (God?) who is angered by his nobles’ feeble excuses for skipping his son’s wedding feast and sends his servant out to invite everyone else (good and bad, go figure) to come in their place.
In the larger picture both stories speak of God’s audacity, defying our lust for upward mobility, stuff, status and monetary gain (success!), bringing the holiness of presence from abstraction down to earth and to each of us.
Have the audacity to worship this Sunday! We have pumpkin spice cappuccinos AND services.