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Romans 12:9-21

That’s it. That’s the tweet. I don’t know when that phrase started popping up on twitter, but it seems appropriate for this week’s epistle. The tweet is a way of saying ‘This requires no explanation.” This passage similarly requires little explanation. Of course a preacher getting up and only reading this might be insufficient for most congregations. During the middle of a pandemic which has been filled with misinformation, division, strife, civil right struggle, financial loss, and a presidential election, this seems like an ideal which is difficult to attain. Yet it is exactly what we need to hear.

Today is a good day to remember Krister Stendahl’s advice to preachers:

If your preaching is doing what it should do, then people probably won’t remember                    
what you said, and it doesn’t matter. Your goal should be that the next time they turn to that part of the Bible, it will say a little more to them. The purpose of preaching is to give the text a little more room to shine.[1]

Expounding on this passage may be appropriate for your context, however most might not be able to handle philosophical explorations of good and evil. Instead we would do well to remember why this is the appropriate actions for those who have come to Christ. Paul has spent 11 chapters explaining the good news of the Gospel. His gospel, of which he is not ashamed[2], which says that “Christ is Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead.”[3] This is the gospel- Jesus is the resurrected Son of God who has been empowered and currently sits at the right hand of God. He is Lord and he has conquered the grave. The sin which descends to us all from the one man has been expunged by the faithfulness of the one man. And many more will be saved by the one man’s faithfulness than by the one man’s fall.[4]  The God who we thought was full of wrath, is actually the God who is for us,[5] and nothing in all of creation will be able to separate us from the love of God found in the anointed