Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I invite you to ponder what you think you would have done in the following situations:

What would you have done if you were a utility meter reader in a small town in Montana in the 1980’s and you noticed lots of people in their late 40’s and early 50’s were home during the day and on oxygen tanks?   Would you have ignored this weird thing?  Or would you’ve tried to find out what was making these people sick?

If you were a lawyer sent to Afghanistan in 2008 to train Afghan lawyers for nine months, would you have decided to stay in Afghanistan after the first nine months, set up your own law office and continue to represent female clients in Afghan courts even after you’ve been detained, accused of being a spy, running a brother and have had a grenade thrown at your office? 

If you were a doctor campaigning for total transparency in medicine, calling upon doctors to reveal their conflicts of interest to patients, would you continue your campaign after people threatened your life and your livelihood? 

If you were a religious leader, would you have confronted soldiers in your military telling them to return the prisoners and plunder they brought back from war? 

What would you have done in these situations?  Would you have had the courage to keep researching for a reason for why your neighbors were sick?  Would you have had the courage to keep representing Afghan women?  Would you have had the courage to continue your campaign for total transparency?  Would you have had the courage to confront the soldiers in your military? 

Three of these stories are from the recent past as heard on NPR’s Ted Radio Hour.  The other is an ancient story from II Chronicles 28:8-15.  This Sunday we’re going to explore what does it take to be courageous?  Is it an automatic response or a conscious choice?  Can everyone be courageous?  How can we live courageous lives?  What role does our Christian faith play in living courageously? 

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dave