Today we face widespread distraction and short attention spans, yet the readings from Genesis and Luke warn us that only God is worthy of our trust and devotion. Even believers like Martha and Sarah are prone to distraction or to “act falsely” before God (Luke 11:38-43, Gen. 18:15). Just like Sarah and Martha, our own agendas, especially our agendas regarding God and what we might expect to get from him, distract us. But God has little regard for our agendas. The human response to God is often doubt or distraction, but God’s response to God is creation, reconciliation, and peace.
Preached on July 17, 2016 at Holy Trinity Church Inwood.