Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Way that Seems Right

In 1990, Hank Gathers was one of the best college basketball players in the country.  His team, Loyola Marymount University, was the highest-scoring team in the nation.  Professional basketball teams were fighting for the chance to draft him, which would make him a multi-millionaire at the age of 23.  Late in his senior season, he was diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat.  A cardiologist prescribed a beta-blocker medication.  But Gathers felt like the medicine affected his play.  So he cut back on the medicine without consulting his doctor, and stopped attending check-ups.  On most game-days, he wouldn’t take any of the medicine at all.  In March of 1990, in a conference tournament game, Gathers took an alley-oop pass and brought it down with a tomahawk dunk.  He then took a few steps down court and collapsed.  He was dead before they could get him to the hospital.  An autopsy revealed that he had a heart defect called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  

                You and I were born with a spiritual heart defect.  I call it a rebel heart; it is a desire to break free of God’s control of our lives.  Proverbs 16:25 gives us the prognosis: it is fatal, spiritually and otherwise.  The question isn’t “Do I have a rebel heart?”  You do, and so do I.  That heart defect needs to be exposed for what it is.  In this message, I want to look at two different ways the rebel heart manifests itself in our lives today.  Then I want us to talk about the cure.

               Note: This isn't a light, cheerful sermon.  In fact, it's likely to make some people angry.  Some will find it intolerant and narrow-minded.  Others will think it meddles in areas I should just stay out of.  If you want to know why, be here Sunday!  And pray that God  will speak His truth to each of us.


Max Habegger said...

My prayer:That God will bless your words inspired by the Holy Spirit and touch the hearts of Westbury. Max Habegger

Jeff Berger said...

Thank you, Max. That's just what I need!