June 6, 2021

B28: The Second Sunday after Pentecost, Year B (2021)

Ryan Ahlgrim

“What kind of government do we want?” asks Ryan Ahlgrim, pastor of First Mennonite Church of Richmond, Virginia. Ahlgrim continues, “We’re not alone in this…even the ancient Israelites wrestled with this question.” In today’s passage, 1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15), despite Samuel’s warnings of life with a king, the Israelites demand it. While it wasn’t perfect, the good news for the Israelites and the good news for us is this: “God is able to work even through a system that isn’t really what God had in mind.”