This week we are talking about another myth; a very dangerous myth.
The myth of “autonomy” has been a destructive idea for many, many people. The definition of autonomy we are using in these sermons is “the sense of not being accountable to anyone.” The text that got me thinking about this is our Old Testament lesson for this Sunday, 2 Samuel 11:1-15. This generally sordid story of adultery and murder arises from David’s sense that he can do whatever he wants, free of consequences because he is the king.
It is all too easy for us to write off this story because, after all, we aren’t kings or queens or potentates of any kind. I put it to you, and I hope make the compelling case in these two sermons, this is a cautionary tale from which we can learn much.