Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 12, 2014
First Christian Church
Every presidential election is always kind of a silly season in America. People hear what a candidate says and it becomes fodder for the opposing side for weeks. Certain phrases enter the body politic and are remembered for years after the election. And this is not a modern phenomenon. In 1884 as Grover Cleaveland was running for President, allegations surfaced that he had fathered a child out of wedlock. His opponents began chanting “Ma, Ma, Where’s my Pa?” After Cleveland won the race his supporters fired back: “Gone to the White House, ha,ha,ha.”
In 2012, there wasn’t any chants like that, but there is one phrase that stuck out above all the din. It was something that President Obama said, something that supporters of Governor Mitt Romney picked up and ran with. The phrase is “You didn’t build that.” If my memory serves me correct, the phrase came in a speech reflecting the role of government in our society. The GOP milked that phrase for all it was worth.
Now, this sermon is not, I repeat, is not about the role of goverment or a rehash of the last Presidential election. I’m wary about being partisan in the pulpit, so I’m not interested in talking about politics, at least from this vantage point as a pastor.
That said, this phrase is interesting to me, not because of politics, but because how it lines up with today’s passage. The phrase reminds us that we are not where we are becuase of our smarts, but because God has been with us all the time.