Wesley repeats important truths in this sermon and expands on what the concept of Kingdom is, where it is and the way to it. The excellent monologue just makes me imagine:
Imagine Wesley delivering in full vitriol to begin with and then towards the end dropping to a quieter voice as those listening could not stop but be moved, moved to repentance, imagine a poor man listening to the good news for maybe the hundredth time but this time he hears it – he hears about Kingdom living & thinking that includes him, and not just him but every living breathing human on this planet.
Today we are re-evaluating what to be human means, what is the human condition in a broken down house in the back end of nowhere, or a city flatshare with needles and accoutrement of a certain lifestyle, or the middle of a warzone where girls are no longer people but things to be used and boys are given oversized guns and taught to fight from a too early age, or middle Christian land where outreach is something that is done at 2pm on Saturdays in the local mall – all very pleasant and clean, or living in a tent in the forest, or going off radar altogether, or living in a nursing home remembering scripture and hymns taught long ago but the name of the person in the mirror slips away into the ether, or consumed by technology so that the only human contact is made through FB or some other social media site.
Are we human? Are we there yet? All humans breathe in and out and our hearts squeeze and contract approx. 60-100 times a minutes, we drink and eat and we expel waste products. Whenever I get to thinking about humans and how horrific we can be to one another I remember an article about prison life and cell punishment of pepper and urine and I remember being repulsed, and still am, by such behaviour of one human being to another. It is my image for the state of things. But I know there are worse atrocities out there, outside my cosy walls. What kind of kingdom are we living in that this happens?
But we live in another kingdom too. One that turns upside down the whole order of things, where the Marty Feldman and John Law sketch on “Class” is completely disregarded and not just class, but gender, race, culture, wealth and all the other transparent barriers we make for ourselves.
John Wesley ends with
“Now cast thyself on the Lamb of God, with all thy sins, how many soever they be; and
“an entrance shall” now “be ministered unto thee, into the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour