In The Know… (EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST)

LABELS… MUST WE HAVE THEM???

A READING FOR YOU…

11 On the way to Jerusalem Jesus[a] was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten lepers[b] approached him. Keeping their distance, 13 they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. 15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. 16 He prostrated himself at Jesus’[c] feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? 18 Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

LISTEN UP!!!

I am Lutheran… I am American… I am a Penn State Fan… I am White… I am Male… I am single… I am a Gym rat… I am a Democrat… I am a library nerd… 

WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THAT YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE… AND ARE NOT AFRAID TO OWN WHO YOU ARE.

Back to my labels… Each one of these Labels can be able to describe me accurately; however, I will not let one label LIMIT me.

For Instance…

I AM LUTHERAN… So many different assumptions can be made. Am I to judgmental??? Am I too stingy with my money??? Am I GOOD in God’s eyes??? (I CAN ONLY HOPE)… Are you worried that I will try to convert you???

I AM AMERICAN… Born in a country that I love… IT’S GOOD TO BE FREE! How do other cultures perceive my pride??? Am I being to narrow minded??? Is it right for me to be little others born in a different country??? Does this mean I have Credit Card Debt???

I AM A PENN STATE FAN… I love when Penn State defeats fellow Big Ten teams. Does this mean I want all Big Ten teams to lose all of their games??? Does this mean, that I will only cheer for the Nittany Lions???

I AM WHITE… Do I put importance on my skin color??? Am I unintentionally sending out racial vibes??? Am I aware of my privileges being white???

I AM MALE… Does this mean that I don’t cry??? Is it right for me to believe that the female US Soccer Team should get paid the same amount of money as the men??? (OR MAYBE EVEN MORE, SINCE THEY ACTUALLY WON THEIR WORLD CUP)

I AM SINGLE… Am I to in love with myself??? Can I be vulnerable to someone else??? Am I afraid of commitment???

I AM A GYM RAT… AGAIN… AM I AN EGOMANIAC??? I love working out. There is something about testing your physical capabilities… It’s AWESOME. Does this mean I don’t eat junk food???

I AM A DEMOCRAT… Why am I pro-Life??? Does this mean that I am opposed to the right to bear arms??? What is my stance on universal healthcare… THAT IS ANOTHER SPEECH ENTIRELY…  

I AM A LIBRARY NERD… Does this mean I lack social skills. I love the quiet and be surrounded by written words… CAN I SPEAK SOME MORE TO YOU???

I WANT TO REMIND YOU OF THE TITLE OF THIS SPEECH…

Labels: MUST WE HAVE THEM

I want to tell you that each one of these Labels that I described to you…

BEING LUTHERAN…

BEING AMERICAN…

BEING WHITE…

BEING MALE…

BEING SINGLE…

BEING A GYM RAT…

BEING A DEMOCRAT…

BEING A LIBRARY NERD…

MAKE UP ME… AND I LOVE ME.

YEAH.