Dear brothers and sisters, As we gather here today, I want to take a moment to reflect on the lyrics of the song "Hound Dog," as sung by Elvis Presley. While this may seem unusual for a sermon, lessons can be learned from the Scriptures, even in this seemingly secular song. In the song, the singer laments the actions of a man who has mistreated her. She compares him to a hound dog, saying that he is not loyal and has no sense of responsibility. However, I want to remind you that we are called to act differently as Christians.
Proverbs 31:10-12, we read, "A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life." * This passage reminds us that, as Christians, we are called to be faithful and responsible in our relationships, whether with spouses, family members, or friends (even our enemies).
Furthermore, in Matthew 22:39, Jesus tells us, "Love your neighbor as yourself." This commandment is not limited to those who treat us well but encompasses all we encounter, even those who may hurt or disappoint us. * God loves us unconditionally, so we are called to love others similarly.
So, as we listen to the words of "Hound Dog," let us remember that we are called to live differently. Let us strive to be faithful, responsible, and loving in all our relationships, even when challenging.
And let us remember the words of 1 Corinthians 13:13, "And now these three remain Faith, Hope, and Love. But the greatest of these is Love."
May we all go forth today and embody the Love of Christ in all that we do. Amen.