September 26, 2010
Text: Revelation 12
Title: Angels: Myth & Fact
One time each year, I preach a sermon about angels. Today is that day. September 29th is the date on the church calendar designated to commemorate St. Michael the Archangel. That’s this coming Wednesday, but since we don’t have church on Wednesday, I thought I’d transfer the observance to today.
There is a tremendous interest in angels in our society today. I Googled the word “angel” the other day and got something like 22,795,000 hits, everything from the Anaheim Angels, Charlie’s Angels, City of Angels, angel figurines, Touched By An Angel and much much more.
For a lot of people, their fascination with angels is like their fascination with UFOs, unseen mysterious creatures who may or may not be responsible for those crop circles in Pennsylvania and other unexplained phenomena. In one poll, 55% of American adults say they have been protected from harm by their guardian angel. That’s more than half. Not just that they believe in the existence of angels, but that they have been individually and really helped by one or more actual angels.
But why is this important? What does it matter what we think about angels? Our doctrine of angels is not our most central teaching, but it is nonetheless important for several reasons.