One of the questions we often find ourselves asking is “Why bother?”
- why bother doing the dishes/laundry, they will just get dirty again
- why bother doing the right thing, no one notices or cares
These are question we might find ourselves asking. As questions go they aren’t so bad because we know the answer. We bother doing these things because the need to be done. But what about this question, “Why bother explaining why wearing a mask is a good idea?” No one wants to be corrected so we tell ourselves they won’t listen. It is a truism that people generally go to information not to change their minds but to confirm what they already believe.
I suspect Jonah asked himself, or even God, “Why bother going to Nineveh? Ninevites are terrible people and they won’t listen to me.” As it turns out if you read the whole (short) book of Jonah, he was also afraid they would listen.
This Sunday’s sermon is an answer to why we should bother. Let me know if you find it compelling.