FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 58:9b-14
SECOND LESSON Luke 13:10-17
SERMON: “Pick a Fight”
Former president John F. Kennedy once told about a legendary baseball player who always played flawlessly. He hit consistently and was never thrown out at first base. Once on base he never failed to score. He never dropped a ball and threw with unerring accuracy. He ran quickly and played perfectly. Actually, he would have been one of the all-time greats except for one problem: No one could persuade him to throw away his snack and come out of the press box to play! (1) Anybody know someone like that? They won't try to do something significant themselves, but they sure can criticize those who do. Certainly Jesus ran into a lot of that in the synagogue, so the contemporary church can’t claim it started anything new on this front. Last week we considered Jesus’ response to some of his critics who sought to embarrass him by setting a trap designed to show that either Jesus disregarded the law, or he wasn’t quite as compassionate as the people thought he was. The Lord avoided the trap by both honoring the law and being compassionate. So that tactic didn’t work for his detractors. This time they straight out throw criticism against him for healing a woman on the Sabbath. Hey! Remembering the Sabbath and keeping it holy is one of the “Big Ten;” it even shows up ahead of “thou shalt not steal” and “thou shalt not murder.” So we shouldn’t be surprised that they were able to found him vulnerable on this one. They were looking to pick a fight, and Jesus just handed them the opportunity. I know a few people, you probably do to, who just love to pick fights. To some people, it’s not so much whether they are on the justice side of an issue or not; they just like to fight. And when we take a stand on an issue, we frequently hand them a good opportunity. If you know me well enough, that I would choose a sermon title like “Pick a Fight” seems quite out of character, because I don’t like to fight. When my sisters and I were growing up my mom said repeatedly that she didn’t care how much noise we made, as long as it was “happy noise.” When we started to fight, she separated us. I suspect sometimes that a shortage of opportunities to fight as a child may have had something to do with why my sister Peg chose to pursue a career as a lawyer. In my life, I have found that more than enough fights come my way that I don’t need to go looking for them. And this one came looking for Jesus. Luke records, “Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” (v. 14) His criticism is aimed toward the people, but it is also pointed towards Jesus. Eleanor Roosevelt is credited with having said, “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do and damned if you don’t.” Indeed, some have said, that the only way to avoid criticism in life is to do nothing, say nothing and be nothing. That certainly wasn’t Jesus’ style. Our great physician’s will for each and every one of us is to be healthy and strong in body, mind and spirit. Pointing out the temple leader’s hypocrisy, Jesus answered them, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?” (vv. 15-16).
The synagogue leader got caught up in religious rules and regulations and missed the bigger picture. Critics often miss miracles – a woman was healed of something that had crippled her for eighteen years! He preferred to pick a fight with Jesus than to acknowledge the healing.
That said, picking a fight is not always the wrong thing to do. Indeed, Bob Goff, the president and founder of Restore International, a non-profit organization fighting injustice and human rights violations around the world suggests that every one of us should pick a fight – not the fight the bully picks in the school yard, not the fight of the synagogue leaders trying to discredit Jesus, but Goff says, “I want to pick a fight where I can make a meaningful difference somewhere in the world.”
We do that when we support certain missions. We fight for the children of our community when we purchase and donate school supplies through North Kent Community Services and when we make and pack lunches for Kids Foodbasket. We fight on behalf of the one in eight persons in our world who suffer from lack of enough food to eat when we support World Vision through the Hunger Fast.
We do make a meaningful difference in many places around the world when we give to Presbyterian Unified Missions. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness.
Concerning critics, Goff points out that it is easier to pick an opinion than it is to pick a fight. It’s also easier, he reminds us, “to pick an organization or a [team] and identify with that fight than it is to actually pick your own fight, commit to it, call it out and take a swing.” Picking a fight can be messy, time consuming, and costly. It can even be scary. It can be misguided – like the synagogue critics who had no other agenda than to embarrass and discredit Jesus and get in the way of the healing and hope that he came to bring.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I am in no way discouraging or belittling the financial support that many of us give, not only to the church, but to organizations who are out there leading the battles against heart disease, cancer, child abuse, world hunger, illiteracy and prejudice, injustice and oppression of all kinds. There are a great many things these organizations can do that we can’t do personally. No matter how much I might want to, to matter how long I live or how hard I try, I cannot discover the cure for cancer. The American Cancer Society has a shot at it, has made a tremendous difference over the years and will continue to do so. They need and deserve our support. But I want to do more than send them a check a couple of times a year.
I want to pick a fight on behalf of those who are getting the dreaded diagnosis, who are overwhelmed and scared and alone. I had a follow-up visit last week with the surgeon who did my surgery back in 2010. I haven’t seen her since I was in the hospital – always her P.A. But she has started doing those follow-up checks again herself, so we had quite a conversation. During that conversation I told her about my eventual retirement plans and the long to-do list that includes volunteering to walk the journey with those who are facing this battle. My friend Pat went with me to that daunting meeting with all the specialists and therapists and counselors. I went with Ellie.
And guess what! St. Mary’s has a program for that. They will train in me in what I can and can’t do – like I can’t give medical advice. I was so excited after talking to Dr. Caughran on Tuesday that I mentioned it to a couple of people (okay a few people!), who all said “Good for you. That’s a great thing to do.” A pat on the back is nice, but I want to pick this fight, not for pats on the back, but “because someone else’s suffering matters to me.”(2) So this is a fight I’m going to pick – a battle against the fear, the isolation, the devastation a cancer diagnosis brings.
Remember Joshua – from the Old Testament? He’s the one who got to lead the people into the Promised Land. In the first chapter of the Book of Joshua God says to him four times, “be strong and courageous.” Once it is to be “very” courageous. Skip down to the tenth chapter and we hear Joshua saying to the people, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous.” What Joshua heard from the Lord God, he spoke to the people – it’s a bit like when we hear our adult children tell their children something we said to them when they were young.
Pick a fight. If you’re going to put the time and energy and resources into a fight, make it something healing, not hurtful; something helpful, not detrimental; something critical, not than criticizing. Some of you are already engaged in a fight – tell me about it; tell someone about it. You may pick up and advocate or a prayer warrior .
Perhaps some of you are engaged in a fight that is enough, so much that you truly can’t take on another battle; maybe you could lose a little help with your struggle. Tell me about it; tell someone about it. You have friends here who will get into the fray with you.
Pick a fight. “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous.” Be very courageous.
Pick a fight. You are sure to be criticized if you do and criticized if you don’t, so do what you know in your heart is right.
Pick a fight. It can be messy, time consuming, and costly. It can even be scary.
And it can be exactly what as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ we ought to be doing.
(1)Steve Goodier, One Minute Can Change a Life: Sixty-Second Readings of Hope and Encouragement, Life Support System Publishing, Inc., 1999.
(2)Bob Goff, Why You Need to Pick a Fight on ChurchLeaders.com
FIRST LESSON: Philippians 2:1-11
SECOND LESSON John 8:1-11
SERMON: “The God Who Stoops”
Have you ever had the experiencing of making a mess out of something, and longing for a chance to start over with a clean slate? Most of us have. Most of us yearn for the kind of place described by Louise Fletcher Tarkington:
“I wish that there were some wonderful place
In the Land of Beginning Again;
Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches
Could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door
And never put on again.”
There is such a place. You are in it. The Church, is the Land of Beginning Again. At least it should be so. Truth be told we sometimes forget that, but still it is meant to be so.
The duet that Emily and I played a few moments ago is one I first played with Evy Miller, one of the organists in Hesperia, more years ago than I want to count. Evy had played the organ in that church since she was 17; by the time I got to play with her she was . . . well old enough to have grandchildren. One of them, Kristen, inherited Evy’s love of music, and one Sunday, when Kristen was about ten or eleven years old, she was scheduled to play a piece on the piano for special music. When Evy asked Kristen if she was nervous, Kirsten simply said ‘no.’ That made Evy curious, because most of us who perform get nervous before a performance, so Evy asked her granddaughter why she wasn’t. Truth came from the mouth of a child: “Because I’m playing in church.” She didn’t say that she was so good at the piano she knew she wouldn’t make a mistake. No. The implication was clear that Kristen expected that when she made a mistake, which she certainly would as a beginner, that church folk would understand, that they would be kind; she had nothing to fear.
But that was not the kind of “ church ” the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees who approached Jesus that day belonged to. They had a plan in mind which wasn’t so much focused on punishing the woman, but on using her to discredit Jesus. The Law was clear. Having been caught in adultery she was to be stoned to death. They thought it was a win-win for them. Either he agreed with the Law, in which case the people would find him hardhearted and lose some of their admiration for him, or if he let her go, he would break the Law of Moses. Either way, Jesus would look bad.
Or so they thought. He bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger. We don’t know what he was writing; it may have just been some doodling. Calvin says that bending down like that was intended to show his lack of respect for these mean-spirited Pharisees. Lucado sees more than that. He sees the Lord who is “prone to stoop. He stooped to wash feet, to embrace children. Stooped to pull Peter out of the sea, to pray in the Garden. He stooped before the Roman whipping post. Stooped to carry the cross. Grace,” says Lucado, “is a God who stoops.”
As they continued to question him, he finally stood and said, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” He has not denied the Law of Moses. But he has brought to light their hypocrisy and avoided the trap. He is consistent with his teaching, “Get the log out of your own eye before you try to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” And then he stooped down and wrote on the ground some more. About the best thing we can say about these scribes and Pharisees is that at least they didn’t pretend to be without sin. One by one they recognized that they couldn’t throw a stone from a position of innocence.
When they are all gone, the God who stoops straightens up and asks the woman where they all are. Has no one condemned her. “No one, sir,” she said.
“Then neither do I condemn you.” The God who stoops is merciful. He is the one who is without sin. He had the right to throw that first stone, but he chooses grace over Law.
Note that he does not declare her innocent. He doesn’t say that there is nothing wrong with what she did. He didn’t say, “do whatever feels right for you.” He said, “Go now and leave your life of sin.” Makes me wonder whether she did or not. But what she did isn’t really important. What’s important is how we see Jesus here responding to the trap set for him and revealing himself as the God of Grace who wants to forgive our sins, and instructs to leave sin alone.
How can a righteous God not condemn?
Jesus does not condemn her because he knows he will be condemned for her. One of the commentaries on this passage imagined the full conversation with her going something like this: “Daughter of Eve, you have sinned; stones must be thrown, but they will hit me. Child, you have dirtied what God made precious; spears must be cast, but they will strike my side. My sister, you have used the Father’s good gifts to rebel against his plan for pleasure and fulfillment; thorns must pierce the skin, but my skull will bleed.”
Be careful. We live in a time when people on one side of the road say sin is an obsolete, old-fashioned concept. There is no right/wrong anymore. On the other side of the road are those who would like to cast some of those stones, people who will tell you that if you don’t believe this, or if you do that, or if you’re a part of this group, not that one, you are doomed. Neither side is a godly place to land.
In this one passage John’s gospel sheds light on God’s balance of righteousness and grace.
Consider this story: The Enemy of the world, Satan, (the Accuser) was on the side of life’s road with a very large cage. The man coming towards him noticed that it was crammed full of people of every kind, young, old, from every race and nation.”
Where did you get these people?” the man asked. “Oh, from all over the world,” Satan replied. “I lure them with drinking, drugs, lust, lies, anger, hate, love of money, and all manner of things. I pretend I’m their friend, out to give them a good time, then when I’ve hooked them, into the cage they go. “And what are you going to do with them now?” asked the man.
Satan grinned. “I’m going to prod them, provoke them, get them to hate and destroy each other; I’ll stir up racial hatred, defiance of law and order; I’ll make people bored, lonely, dissatisfied, confused and restless. It’s easy. People will always listen to what I offer them and (what’s better) blame God for the outcome!”
“And then what?” the man asked.
“ Those who do not destroy themselves, I will destroy. None will escape me.”
The man stepped forward. “Can I buy all these people from you?” he asked.
Satan snarled, “Yes, but it will cost you your life.”
So Jesus Christ, the Son of God, paid for your release and mine, your freedom from Satan’s trap, with His own life, on the cross at Calvary. The door is open, and anyone, whom Satan has deceived and caged, can be set free.
If the God who stoops has set us free, we are free indeed. And the question that remains is what will we do to say “Thank you.”
FIRST LESSON: Genesis 15:1-6
SECOND LESSON Romans 5:1-11
SERMON: “Have You Heard About Grace?”
Have you heard about “grace?”
We talk about “grace” fairly often in church. Perhaps you have heard about the minister who dreamed that he had died and was standing in front of the Pearly Gates. St. Peter told him he needed 100 points to get in.
“Well, I was a minister for 47 years,” the minister announced proudly.
“That's nice,” answered Peter. “That gets you one point.”
“One point? That's all I get? Just one point for 47 years of service? ”
“Yes, that's correct, ” replied Peter.
“I visited shut-ins every chance I got.”
“I worked with the youth, and you must know what that is like. ”
“One point. ”
“I developed a number of recovery programs. ”
“One more point. That makes four points. You need 96 more. ”
“Oh, no! ” the minister cried in a panic. “I feel so helpless, so inadequate. Except for the grace of God, I don't have a chance. ”
St. Peter smiled and said: “Grace of God - 96 points. Come on in. ”
We sing “Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me,” and the “Wonderful Grace of Jesus.” We say a prayer before eating a meal that we call “grace.” We sometimes say things like, “There, but for the “grace of God go I” by which we usually mean something like “I identify with that person’s circumstances.” (I am troubled when I hear that, use of the term because I am compelled to ask, if that person doesn’t deserve God’s grace too? ) We talk about people falling from grace and we say that a particularly talented ballerina dances with exceptional grace.
If I asked you take out a pen or pencil and write a sentence or just a phrase that explains what grace is, could you do that? Can you define “grace” as we talk about it in the church? Do you understand grace?
In a new book, Grace: More than We Deserve, Greater than We Imagine from Max Lucado, Lucado suggests that we struggle with the term because too many of us have settled for a “wimpy” grace [his term]. When we ask “Do you believe in grace?” most Christians will say yes, of course they do. Who could say no? But Lucado presses us to ask a deeper question: “Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace?”
He asks because wimpy grace doesn’t change you. The prophet Ezekiel wrote these words from God: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you. (Ezekiel 36:26) The grace of God in all its fullness gives you a spiritual heart transplant.
Edward Sanford Martin wrote a little poem that describes many of us well:
Within my earthly temple, there's a crowd;
There's one of us that's humble, one that's proud;
There's one that's broken-hearted for his sins;
There's one that, unrepentant, sits and grins;
There's one that loves his neighbor as himself,
And one that cares for naught but fame and pelf.
From much corroding care I should be free
If I could once determine which is me.2
I had to look that one up – Pelf: noun, money or wealth, especially when regarded with contempt or acquired by reprehensible means.
A wimpy grace doesn’t change you. It lets you live proud, unrepentant and self-centered.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” In fact Paul refers to this union with Christ over 200 times in his letters. The disciple John writes about it 26 times: “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. (I John 4:15)
The grace shaped life is marked by a changed heart because Jesus enters in.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
Is your life shaped by grace? What does that look like? In this context, think of God as a heart surgeon, one who can go in and burn away hatred, discord, jealousy, anger, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy, and fill it with the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5)
The grace-shaped life begins with receiving God’s grace, God’s unmerited favor.
Everyone needs grace, regardless of their circumstances. Some of us wince when we sing the words to Amazing Grace “that saved a wretch like me.” We think I’m not a wretch. I’m actually a pretty good person – but like the minister arriving at the pearly gates our good stuff gets us a point or two here and there, for the rest of it we need God’s grace.
A grace-shaped life is marked by a changed heart. Wimpy grace doesn’t change you. But God’s grace does something—it changes lives.
Lucado writes, “Our God is in the business of changing hearts.”
“Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within
them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart
of flesh.” (Ezekiel 11:19 NKJV)
Christ creates the change—Of all the world religions, this is unique to Christianity that Christ accepts us before we change, then moves within us.
You can’t forgive? Christ can.
Can’t face tomorrow? Christ can.
Is your life shaped by grace?
FIRST LESSON: Psalm 107:1-9, 43
SECOND LESSON Luke 12:13-21
SERMON: “Where Is Your Stuff?”
George Carlin used to begin one of his best stand-up comedy routines with a complaint that he was late coming on stage because they gave him the wrong dressing room, and so he didn’t have any place to put his “stuff.” You know how important that is – having a place for your stuff.
He goes so far as to say, “That’s the whole meaning of life, isn’t it? Trying to find a place for your stuff.” “That’s all your house is. Your house is just a place for your stuff,” he says. “If you didn’t have so much stuff you wouldn’t need a house, . . . That’s all your house is – it’s a pile of stuff with a cover on it. . . .Your house is a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff. . . . Sometimes you’ve gotta move – you gotta get a bigger house. Why? Too much stuff. You’ve got to move all your stuff. Maybe you have to put some of your stuff in storage. Imagine that . . . there’s a whole industry based on keeping an eye on your stuff!
It’s as funny a routine today as it was back in the 70’s or 80’s when he first did it on TV. If we had wi-fi in here, I could show you the youtube clip. Just enter “George Carlin” on youtube.com and you can watch it. Pastor General’s warning: If you watch much of Carlin you will hear some R-rated language. But the routines he does are funny, and especially this one is funny –– because it’s true.
How is it we can be so generous with clothing and household items for North Kent Community Services and the church’s garage sale? Because we have a lot of stuff we don’t need!
Jesus talked about money and the stuff people have more than any other single topic. Luke records his response when “Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ But he [Jesus] said to him, ‘Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?’” Typical of a good therapist or teacher, Jesus answers the request with a question.
How much of the nation’s wealth (stuff) do you believe the top 1% holds? The top 1% has 40% of the nation’s wealth.
How much of the nation’s wealth do you believe is held by the lower 80%? 80% has 7% of the nation’s wealth between them.
The top 1% takes home almost a quarter of the national income today. In 1976, they took home only 9%, which means that the top 1% takes home almost 3 times what they did 25 years ago.
The top 1% owns half the country’s stocks, bonds and mutual funds. The bottom 50% of Americans owns only half of 1% of these investments. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating for communism or socialism. We are founded upon the principle that people should be compensated for the work that they do. Surely those CEO’s work very hard for their income, but do we actually believe that, as CNN reported in 2012, the average CEO works 380x as hard as the average worker (not the lowest paid, but the average worker) in his company? Think about it: The average worker has to work a month to earn what the CEO earns in one hour.
“Take care!” said Jesus to the crowd. “Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”
I know I tread on treacherous ground here, especially in a congregation as diverse in its politics as this one. I’m pretty sure for every statistic or video on the subject of poverty vs. wealth in America that I could come up with, many of you could come up with statistics and videos making the opposing argument. Democrats say the Republicans are to blame, and Republicans think it’s all the Democrats’ fault. Reality is there’s plenty of blame for both sides.
Uh-oh. I hear my father’s words echoing in my head, “Now you’ve
gone from preachin’ to meddlin.’” So let me get back to preaching, because it should never be a pastor’s intent to tell his/her congregation how to vote what political decisions to make.
But it is the preacher’s task to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.
This incident that led Jesus to tell the parable of the rich fool centered on a man who felt he didn’t have his fair share, if only he could have his share, he would be happy. Sadly, that is as much of an illusion today as it was two thousand years ago. For too many of us “enough” is defined as “a bit more than I have now.”
Jesus appeals to the man who asked him to intervene in his financial relationship with his brother and disturbs his comfort – and ours – with his parable about a rich man who ran out of space to keep his stuff. He prepared to pull down his barns and build bigger ones so that he could store all his grain and goods. (Carlin – sometimes you have to move to a bigger house so you’ll have more room for your stuff. . . .) But God called the man a fool and said this night his life would be demanded of him – in other words he’s going to die – with way too much stuff. Sorry to tell you this, although I certainly hope it’s not tonight for any of us – reality is that eventually we all will die. It’s not a question of whether or not you’re going to die. It’s about what you’ll do while you are living.
This man doesn’t even recognize the source of his abundance. The parable says “the land of a rich man produced abundantly. . . . God is the true source of his wealth. He’s so all about being sure he has enough room for his stuff, he doesn’t even realize that God has blessed him and he could bless others.
Please note that Jesus doesn’t say it’s a bad thing to have wealth. What he denounces is accumulating stuff for one’s self and neither acknowledging God’s generosity, nor living in the image of God by being generous with others. As the psalmist says, “give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. (Psalm 107:8-9)
It seems to be human nature to forget “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. (Psalm 24: 1-2)
I think now I should not have called this message “Where is your stuff?” The better question is “where is your heart?” Is it in the house, garage or storage unit with your stuff? Or is it with God?
The first time I read through this passage to prepare for today’s worship it reminded me of something that happened within the family of the first person for whom I officiated at a funeral after I was ordained. The man who died had been a pillar of the church –not so much financially, but certainly spiritually. Surviving him were his wife, three adult daughters, two of whom were married, one was divorced, and several grandchildren. The day after this man died, before the funeral, the daughter who was single again came to ask for advice on how to deal with a sticky family situation, for her father had died without leaving a will. Guess who was already fighting over who would get what. Not the man’s widow. Not any of his daughters. Not the grandchildren. – the two sons-in-law!
I don’t care, and I strongly doubt the Lord cares, how much stuff you have, or where you keep it. The question isn’t whether or not you are rich. The question is: are you rich toward God? Do you acknowledge God as the source of your life, your abundance, of loving relationships and ultimately your salvation? Do you cultivate the image of God in you through generosity towards others of God’s children? If so, then let’s go to the Table together, sing a hymn and go on.
But if your stuff is what occupies your heart, consider this, the Reformer John Calvin taught that material goods are merely instruments of God. “Money becomes the means God uses to help persons. So God put wealth at our disposal … so that we may organize our life and the life of our community … to bring shalom, the fullest possible, sustainable life for all persons everywhere … to organize the society in which we live in a responsible way, in solidarity with all others.
Where is your heart?