You've heard it said that Karma's a b****. But that just sounds like a misinterpretation of what karma actually is. Do bad things happen because of bad things we do? Or is that just a simplistic way of looking at the world, rather than facing the scary truth that bad things happen for no reason at all? There is a meaning to life, regardless.
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Sermon delivered at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Berkeley.
February 28, 2016 - Third Sunday in Lent
"Lament for Jerusalem". Text is from Luke 13:1-9
Jesus is dealing here with a very tricky theological question that still continues to plague Christians of today. Because when bad things happen, we have to find some meaning behind the bad things that are happening, because when we don't have a reason for bad things to happen to people, because we're so in love with phrases like, "what goes around comes around," And "That Karma, isn't she a... big bad blessed itch ?" Well, I'll allow you to fill in the next word. It's a lot easier to think that disaster strikes because people have been doing something wrong rather than accepting that bad things happen without precedence, without meaning, that sometimes bad things happen to people who are good.
And what we find with the attitudes of many people today, who would wish to attribute a cosmic cause and effect we find especially true in 1st century Israel, with these individuals who seek to find answers from Jesus by looking for answers to a question as to why certain people, Galileans, the second class children of Israel had been executed and defiled by Pontius Pilate.