I should start this with a word of gratitude—thank you to the folks who let me know after Sunday’s sermon that they like what’s going on with The Godfollower. If you missed out on Sunday, I hope you had a marvelous holiday weekend and I’m sure you’ll be around this coming Sunday. We’ll be spending this July, and the next two Julys following, hearing from the characters in 1 and 2 Samuel as they tell the story of David.
I will admit I was nervous about doing a monologue in character as Samuel this past Sunday. He’s a complicated fellow, and I wondered how y’all would react. But then I was reminded, thankfully, that we—not just you and I, but really, humanity—love hearing stories because it’s in our blood and purpose and DNA.
Did you know Abraham Lincoln processed through telling stories? He’d wake up his personal secretaries John Nicolae and John Hay and tell them three seemingly unrelated anecdotes or fables, and then come to a realization about what was really on his mind? Need I point out our love of sequels and reboots in the movies? Can I give a shout out to my Star Trek nerds by simply stating “Darmok and Jalad at Tangara”? Stories are great!
And of course, stories are never fully objective. They’re not meant to be. Instead, they convey the truth of the matter for the truth of the moment to the hearer and to the teller. I’m mulling this over this week because Sunday we’ll be hearing from King Saul. Saul was the first anointed king of Israel who, according to 1 Samuel, mismanaged the kingdom and overstepped his bounds. One of the harshest things written in Scripture is about him: “God regretted making him king.” He’s been characterized as an incompetent, unstable bully, but we also hear the most about him in a book written to justify David’s revolution, rebellion and reign after Saul. So there’s probably more to the story, and we’ll hear it together on Sunday.
I look forward to seeing you then. Shalom y’all,