The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. -Jesus
“We think good metaphors are not anything important, but I think a good metaphor is something even the police should keep an eye on.” –Nietzche
So this is what I did this summer. I went with a team of people to Las Vegas to interview people and talk about marriage to prepare for our Fall Sermon Series at Highland. But this really isn’t a series on marriage, it’s a series on idolatry and what happens when good things in our lives become the main things in our lives.
Think about it, there are over 1500 services for online dating today. We’ve invented internet dating, speed dating and even television dating. But more relationships are falling apart than ever before.
Which begs the question, why is a culture that is so focused at falling in love, so bad at staying in love?
Nietzche is right. The most important thing about us are the metaphors or stories that we tell ourselves to interpret our reality.
And that disturbs me.
Because over the past few decades, the stories that have driven our lives have become more and more self-centered, greedy and self-absorbed.
But what really disturbs me is that these are our “love” stories.
The Romantic Comedies, cheap paperbacks and rise of adult erotic material all claim to be an expression of love. They are the stories that we breathe, they shape our decisions, our impulses and how we think about our desires.
So for the next few months at Highland we are going to be talking about a new perspective on love, sex, marriage and dating. We’d love to invite you to show up to 1 of our 3 services on 2 different campuses. 8:15 & 11 AM at 425 Highland Ave, and 5 P.M. (Instrumental service starting Sep 1st) at 945 N. Cypress St.
The link above is for a free e-book available for you to give you an idea of what this series is about, and every week we will add a new chapter so you can follow along with what we are talking about.
And because Churches are filled with married people, and single people, and re-single people who want to get married, and married people who want to get re-single. We are going to look at this together, because we have a hunch that there is a lot we can learn from each other, no matter what season or stage we are in life.
Because Marriage is a mystery. Because love is a very Christian virtue and a very misunderstood idea.
It’s time to learn a better story.