This coming week is another Current Events week on the blog. This time, rather than talk about a media headline, I decided to write about one of our American summer pastimes…mowing the lawn. And no, it will not be a sermon about if the Bible says it is right or wrong to mow lawns on Sundays. (I’ve talked about that many times in the past, as it relates to the important topic of the relationship between Christians and the Mosaic Law. For example, read the five-part series starting here.) Instead, my sermon is going to be a Theology of the American Lawn.
Just about all of us have at least a bit of lawn that we care for. Have you ever thought about why? Why do we all have lawns? What is the history of lawns? Where did they come from? (Hint: Lawns did not come from America. And neither did the grass on your lawn.)
Think about all the time, energy and money you give to caring for your lawn. It’s no small investment. Sure, some of us have tiny lawns, perhaps, that don’t require much care. Sure, others have big lawns, and we don’t care about them all that much. But many of us care a lot. So what? What does it matter? What we will see is that our relationship with our lawn has consequences, for good and bad.
No matter our level of interaction with our lawn, as with everything in our world, God cares about how we interact with our world. What does God have to say about lawns? That’s what the sermon will attempt to uncover. Does the Bible teach us any principles that might relate to lawn care? It does! I believe God’s Word actually has quite a bit to say, and we would do well to pay attention.
We begin talking about The Great American Lawn on Monday!