“The Road from Eden”
The First Sunday in Lent
March 1, 2017
Sermon Text: Genesis 3:7-24
When I was probably about 10 or 11 years old I saw a program on TV about the energy crisis and the problem of so many cars burning so much gasoline when gasoline was in short supply. This was back in the mid-70’s, when we first started to talk about these things. After watching that program, I thought about it, and I wrote a letter to someone, somewhere, where I explained that I had found the solution to this problem. Very simply, instead of building cars that run on gasoline, we needed to start building cars that run on water. Gas shortage problem solved. I gave the letter to my mom, and then later found out that she never mailed it. I was very upset, and I asked her why she hadn’t mailed my brilliant letter, and she nicely explained to me that cars can’t burn water the way they burn gasoline and my well-intentioned solution was unfortunately of no use.
That taught me a lesson about getting involved in matters that were over my head and thinking that I know more than I do. As Dirty Harry famously said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Sometimes, we need to defer to someone else who understands more than we do and believe what they say.