This week, we move into one of my personal favorite Dr. Seuss tales: The Sneetches. This short story presents two groups who are identical except for one little thing: stars on their bellies (or not). And this little thing is something they manage to turn into a massive dividing line between who is in and out; a measurement of who counts and who doesn’t; a judgment of who is good and who is bad. And don’t we do the same thing in society now more than ever? Our division and polarization are at an all-time high in America, and just like Sylvester McMonkey McBean who swoops in and makes money off the Sneetches’ infighting, we have no shortage of people in our world who will capitalize on all our division. Yet it discourages us and makes us all worse as people. It is not God’s will for us. So what can we do to stop caring about those darn stars? Where are some points of connection? Join us in the conversation.
And don’t forget that on the main sermon series webpage, there are links to wonderful lists of diverse children’s authors offering supplements or alternatives to all these great Dr. Seuss lessons. They are really worth checking out!