Posts Tagged ‘Tinder’

Sermon 10-19-14: “Bible Heroes, Part 10: Esther”

November 5, 2014

superhero graphic

In the popular dating app Tinder, singles “swipe right” if they “like” someone and “swipe left” if they don’t. All they have to judge the person, however, is the most superficial thing of all: a user-selected profile picture. We live in a superficial age—a “swipe-left, swipe-right” kind of world in which we constantly judge based on appearances. As today’s scripture demonstrates, however, God usually works in ways that we can’t see. Esther and Mordecai teach us to see beyond appearances and trust in God.

Sermon Text: Esther 3:8-11; 4:1-17

The following is my original sermon manuscript.

A friend of mine posted a link on Facebook last week to BuzzFeed article last week entitled: “13 Breathtaking Places Guaranteed To Make Your Stomach Drop.” And like all productivity-killing BuzzFeed articles, I just had to click on it. These are tourist attractions that daring adventurers around the world can go see—if they don’t mind taking their lives in their hands. They include climbing the Half Dome at Yosemite National Park. Or walking out on something called “Troll Tongue” in Norway. Or wading out into this pool on the edge of a very steep waterfall in Zambia. Or get a load of this foolishness: in Norway, you can stand on a small boulder wedged between two other rocks, hundreds of feet up in the air.

buzzfeed

The Half Dome in Yosemite National Park.

There were very few things on that list that I would be willing to do. Because, as I’ve said before… I’m chicken. I don’t like taking needless risks. I like to play it safe.

So I can totally relate to Esther, in today’s scripture, when her guardian Mordecai warns her that she can no longer play it safe—that she’s going to have to risk her life in order to save her fellow Jews—and save herself—from destruction.

But first, how did she get in this predicament? Read the rest of this entry »