Sermon text: James 3:13–4:3, 7–8a
It was a little over twenty years ago. I was sitting in the office of a pastoral counselor in a very large Presbyterian church in Cincinnati complaining about some of the members of my congregation. This minister, after listening to me for a while, suddenly stopped me and said, “How many gray hairs do you have?” I looked at him kind of funny and said, “None that I’m aware of.” He then said, “Don’t expect people to listen to you and think you’re wise until you have some gray hair.” I was a little put off by that and left his office in a huff. Well, I’ve got gray hair now, but I still question whether or not I am very wise.
What is “wisdom”? Wisdom defined is the ability to make sensible decisions and judgments based on personal knowledge and experience; accumulated knowledge of life or of a sphere of activity that has been gained through experience; knowledge of what is true or right, coupled with just judgment as to action; keen perception, discernment, or insight.
After reading those definitions, I wonder… It’s kind of scary… Read full sermon here (PDF)