For many of us our favorite childhood stories where written by Dr. Seuss. We have great memories of the crazy antics of the Cat in the Hat or ponderings if we would really eat green eggs and ham, or not. Dr. Seuss and his large body of work has become iconic in our world today. It is through his works that we will enter into our latest sermon series, “The Gospel according to Dr. Seuss.” A variety of Dr. Seuss stories will be used as a lens as we dive into scripture this summer. It is important for us to continually dig into the Bible and looking at it with a different lens can help us unlock more of its mysteries and messages.
Think about it this way: when you go outside on a really bright sunny day and slip on your sunglasses, it changes the way you see the world. Colors can seem different, and it might be easier to see other objects. When we look at our world we have the opportunity to view it through many different lenses, which are influenced by a wide range of factors. Factors that affect how we see the world include our gender, race, economic status, religion and factors like where we call home, our passions and goals. When we dive into God’s word there are many different lenses we use, sometimes without even realizing we are wearing those lenses. For example, people who call America home will read and understand differently than someone who calls Jamaica or Zambia home.
So we are excited to embark on this journey through scripture by putting on the lens of Dr. Seuss. The goal and hope is that it will help us to see, understand and live into God’s word differently than we have before. We are not at all saying that Dr. Seuss is the author of the Gospel, but we are saying that using his body of work we are able to see things differently. There are many quotes from Dr. Seuss that reminds us of Jesus and moments in scripture. For example,
“In the places I go there are things that I see that I never could spell if I stopped with the Z. I’m telling you this ’cause you’re one of my friends. My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends!”
is a Dr. Seuss quote, but we could imagine Jesus saying something similar to his disciples when he is sharing the last supper with them, just when they thought it was the end Jesus was telling them it was only the beginning. Or could hearing these words of Dr. Seuss help us to live out the Psalms? Dr. Seuss says,
“A person is a person, no matter how small”
And the Psalmist says,
“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.”
In the gospel of Matthew (18:2-4) we hear
“He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
When we enter into our time of reflection and learning from God’s word, as a child, we enter into God’s word with humbleness that allows us to see differently. And so we put on the lens of Dr. Seuss and pray we continue to always see God new and alive.