Hope- for a change. Sermon for Easter Sunday 2018

 

Scripture Readings: John 20:1-18

1 Corinthians 15:1.11

Hope- for a change

In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

On 14 February this year, classes were disrupted at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, by the sound of shooting. By the time the culprit was taken into custody, 17 children and staff lay dead, with 17 more injured. It was just the latest in a long line of mass shootings that have taken place in American schools in recent decades.

You’ll recall that after the murder of schoolchildren at Dunblane Primary School in 1996, the British politicians moved quickly, not just to tighten up school security, but to tighten the availability of guns, especially to those who might be a danger to themselves and others. There have been no more mass shootings at schools in Britain since (it’s been a similar story in Canada, Australia and Switzerland).

But America’s politicians were up against an interpretation of their Constitution which exalts the right for individuals to own firearms over public safety, a message reinforced by a powerful, well-financed pro-gun lobby. Continue reading