Rev. Graham Crawford’s Sermon for Sunday 07 June 2015:
At the school my brother attended, one of the sports options in the Summer term was cricket. It was the option he chose.
After about a week or so, he came home from school and announced that he needed a pair of cricket gloves: the gloves that batsmen wear to protect their hands. According to my brother, everyone else had their own gloves, so he needed a pair.
Of course, when my parents investigated, it was a load of rubbish. Yes, there were one or two boys who had their own pair, but most just used a pair out of the school kit bag.
This proved very unfortunate for me because, as the younger brother, whenever I really needed something when I was growing up, my folks would look at me and just say: “Cricket gloves”.
There is always a desire among young people to have what everyone else has, or what they perceive everyone else has. Whether it is a particular pair of shoes, rucksack for school, make of boot for football. There is the desire to fit in.
But it does not just happen to young people; it happens to nations and even churches. Countries look at what other countries have got and decide they want it too, which often starts a war. Even churches can look enviously at other churches and say “We want that” – even if it is entirely inappropriate. [Read more…]