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Monologue by Wayne Key

Key, Wayne
Key, Rebecca
Date of Interview: 
Relationships with People and Places; Then and Now; Tolerance and Respect
Wayne Key delivers a Thanksgiving sermon.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Rebecca Key interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
WK (Wayne Key): You make turkey barbecue, you can make turkey hash, you can make turkey stew, you can make turkey casserole, you can make, I mean just about, a turkey pie, I mean the list was long, what you can do with leftover turkey. But by the time I ate turkey on Friday, Thursday twice, and twice on Friday, and again on Saturday, time Sunday rolls around I'm tired of leftover turkey, amen? And some of you, maybe you'll have leftover turkey today, I don't know. But I, you know, not only do you have leftover turkey, you got leftover cranberry sauce, you got leftover uh, uh, uh, peas and beans and that's not too bad. You got lef-, leftover dressing and I tell you, cold dressing ain't too good. You got leftover giblet gravy, you got le-, leftover squash casserole. And I want to tell you folks, we get tired of leftovers. My mama, we opened, uh, her refrigerator yesterday and she said if her refrigerator could sneeze everything would fall out. [Baby crying] Leftovers. You know, it's only three weeks before Christmas. People don't finish thinking of Thanksgiving before they start thinking of Christmas. And we're already planning socials and parties and family gatherings and things we have to do and things we're going to do. I want us to think this morning about leftovers. You know, God, I think, sometimes gets tired of le-, leftovers. [Technical noise] The Bible says in Matthew's gospel, chapter number six, verse number 33, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." God doesn't want our leftovers. God wants our first fruits. He wants the best that we have. In the scripture we've read we find ten men. The Bible says these ten men were lepers. I want you to notice several things about these ten men this morning and I want you to ask yourself the question, "Which group am I a part of?" First of all, note that all ten were in need of help. The Bible says Jesus was making His way into the city of Jerusalem, and as He traveled, He went through Samaria. Now, a lot of the Jews wouldn't travel through the region of Samaria because they thought the Samaritans were heathens and, and they kind of snob-, snobbed at them and turned their nose up at them. You know, don't you, don't you, uh, are you a type, that kind of person? Do you ever snob anybody? Do you ever turn your nose up at anybody? You know, folks, it's wrong for us to do that, amen? [Baby crying] Nobody is better than anybody else. We're all nothing but sinners saved by grace, but I can assure you at one time or another we probably have snobbed somebody and didn't even know it [baby crying] and didn't even realize it. Now listen, Jesus loves everybody. Jesus loves Samaritans. He loves Chinese people, Japanese people, black people, white people, fat people, skinny people, toothless people, bald-headed people. He loves everybody. It doesn't make any difference how much money we have. He loves everybody. And Jesus was going through the region of Samaria. And as He entered a certain village, we don't know the name of it, but He went through a small village. There met Him ten men who were lepers. Now back in those days to have the disease of leprosy was horrible. There was no cure for leprosy. It was, uh, uh, sometimes the people would break out in boils or, or, white sores all over their body and there would be an oozing of infection all the time. In fact the, the, this, this disease was so dreaded that no one in society wanted to have anything to do with anyone who was a leper. In fact, they were outcasts of society. They lived in what was called lep-, a leper colony. And they lived together whether they were Samaritans or Jews or, or whatever they were, whoever they were. It did not make any difference because these men all were lepers. They all were in need of help. They all were in need of what Jesus could do for them. You know this morning, that mankind has a disease that is incurable by man? Do you know we have, have a disease that is like a cancer that is eating away at our v-, very soul?
RECORDING PAUSED THEN RESUMED AT TRACK 02 WK: [Technical noise] ( ) by society but we are outcasts in that no sinner can have a place in heaven. You hear that? No sinner can have a place in heaven. We must be cured of sin before we can go to heaven. And the only one who can cure us is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the one. Not good deeds not, not, g-, coming to church not doing nice things or kind things to people. The only one that can forgive us of our sin and cleanse us of our sin is Jesus Christ. These, uh, men were full of, of leprosy. But notice also these stood for our plight because nobody liked them. If somebody would, would see them they'd say, "Leper, leper, leper," and everybody would run. Not even, they were not even accepted by their family. Their family's impunity to think about it. Even their families were afraid of them. You know somebody in your family this morning, that is so full of sin that all-, that they're an embarrassment to your family? Do you have an alcoholic in your family? Do you have a drug addict in your family? Do you have an adulterer in your family? Do you have somebody that shames your family all the time? Do you have someone in prison, in jail in your family? You know, folks, why is it that we want to shun those members of our family that seem to have a terrible time with sin? We should love them. We should try to show them that we care.