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Living with My Imperfections. And Yours. (in 2 parts: quick review + so today)

December 15, 2015


Friday’s when the new Star Wars movie opens. This is a good thing.

Are you aware of the controversy surrounding it in Britain? Turns out this is a good thing, too.

It involves the power of The Lord’s Prayer. And I’m not kidding.

This goes back to November 22nd of this year, when a commercial containing only the words of The Lord’s Prayer was banned from British movie theaters. Produced by The Church of England to be shown as a paid commercial before the much-anticipated movie, it’s a promo piece for a new site,

But it was deemed by the BBC to be “unsuitable” as it “carries the risk of upsetting of offending audiences.”

Enter the well-spoken if somewhat snarky Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, who disagrees with the reasoning and the decision of the BBC, even as he points out seven reasons to ban The Lords’ Prayer.

As we move toward the premier of the film, I invite you to join me in considering what the Bishop says —

The Lord’s Prayer is powerful for a reason.  These words shape lives and families and community.  There are real reasons why the LP has been banned in cinemas.  Here are seven, one for every line.

1st this prayer gives to those who pray it an identity and a place in the world and a countercultural community.  “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name”.

2nd this prayer gives us the courage to live in an imperfect world.  “Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. 

3rd , this prayer teaches us to live with just enough.  This is the most dangerous reason why it cannot be shown with the adverts at the cinema.  It teaches contentment, the most subversive virtue of them all. “Give us this day our daily bread”.


4th, the LP teaches me to live with my imperfections and the imperfections of others.  There is a way to deal with the rubbish in our lives.  “Forgive us our sins”.

— YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!! I’m all for this thing of Forgiveness! Hey, I’m a United Methodist Christian who’s very thankful for God’s love, and God’s grace, and God’s forgiveness!

It makes it possible to live with my imperfections, as this Bishop says. Phew!


This isn’t the end of the prayer?

Oh. Yeah. Sorry. Forgot.

I know that next part. I know what’s coming where this whole Forgiveness thing is concerned. It’s not just about me. It’s not just about one of us.

Better plan on seeing each other back here tomorrow.



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