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Fast Food: Justice in a Consumer Society

Thursday, 19 May, 2016 |

Introducing our latest Sermon Series –  Fast Food: Justice in a Consumer Society

We are eating ourselves to death whilst others starve for lack of bread. Bottomless cups betray our pretence; we have more than enough. Uneaten meals, still housed in their styrofoam coffins, tossed one upon the other as the mountains of waste grow ever larger. A throwaway society with the human throwaways reduced to making garbage hills their home. The image of God belittled, reduced to begging as we breath the ‘free’ air that unknowingly stifles and suffocates, the air of the politics of power, the wind of popular, put thyself first, values. Saturated by scenes of starvation, we tune out. Unrest, terror, bombs, all beamed into our lives, viewed on our devices, but barely breaking in upon us. We have erected walls to defend our hearts, to keep the noise—and the immigrants—away from our comfortable and convenient lives.

Isaiah rallied against those who kept the fasts religiously, those who sung the songs but all the while oppressed the poor. ‘God’ served their own ends, guaranteed their satiation. They tried to have the Lord on their own terms, ignoring their neighbours, not realising that such injustice blocked up the blessing, closed the generous hands of God. “Is not this the fast I have chosen; to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? …” God’s message through the prophet was to turn from injustice, to share bread with the hungry and to bring the homeless into their homes.

Jesus proclaimed the will of the Father; good news to the poor, release to the captives, sight to blind eyes, liberty to the oppressed. He embodied the fast Isaiah had spoken of. “My food,” he said, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” Through the greatest act of injustice, the Suffering Servant made justice possible. Our mission, our task, our calling, is to bear witness to this beauty, this love of the Father, by pursuing righteousness and justice; love God and neighbour. This refuses commodification, it won’t be bought on the takeout menu.

The real fast is to share in the food Jesus ate.

(Biblical text taken from Isaiah 58 and John 4)






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