It seems that some 21st century North Americans approach religion the way hungry people graze at a buffet. A little bit of this. A smidgen of that. A little bit of Christianity. A dollop of Buddhism. A sprinkling of Hinduism.

Since God is the God of all truth, people can learn some things from a variety of religions and faiths. Finally, however, all people need to choose to whom and what we’ll give our hearts and lives.

That’s essentially Elijah’s message for the Israelites. For more than two years God has sealed up the heavens so that no rain or dew has fallen on Israel. So whose fault is this terrible drought? King Ahab impliesit’s Elijah’s fault. He refers to the prophet as Israel’s“troubler,” perhaps because he earlier announced that God would send this drought. Elijah, however, speaks of Ahab as Israel’s troubler because his unfaithfulness has incurred God’s wrath.

Elijah isn’t interested in a theological debate. He wants a public confrontation that will provoke a religious decision. So the prophet challenges Ahab to invite Baal and Asherah’s prophets for a show down on Mount Carmel.

Scripture reading by Debbie Slater

Sermon by Pastor Keith Aurand

Recorded May 29, 2016

New Berlin, Wisconsin, USA


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