Notes on Breaking Bad: “Fillet of Soul”

The  first sermon in my Breaking Bad sermon series was “Fillet of Soul.”John 12:1-7, Jesus’s teaching to fear not what kills the body but what kills the soul. Walter’s breaking bad was his breaking toward fear rather than faith when life broke bad for him. He was so focussed and fearful of the impact his death would have on his family that he ignored the death of his and their souls. He had no faith in the ability of his wife Skyler or his special needs son Walter Jr. though difficult as it would be, to overcome his death, nor did he trust that loved ones would also care and provide support of the family in the event of his death. Walter allowed the end of their way of life as they knew it to justify the evil means he undertook to provide and protect them. He was blind to the real threat, that which truly could destroy not just their way of living, but their lives and fillet his and their souls.  

Fear over faith, is the source of most, if not all, breaking bad. Fear is the source of pride, greed, and other sin.  Fear against God’s faithfulness was the weak spot the serpent used in the first breaking bad as described in Genesis, and is, in one way or another, the genesis all subsequent breaking in and of creation.

The second sermon, “Life in the Crawl Space,” continuing in Luke 12 will examine the futility of fear based actions and reliance on that which seems to offer protection, the accumulation of earthly treasures, money, power and pride, yet which in reality serve as the chemistry that, as Mr. White the chemistry teacher taught, “changes” us from the one whom God created and desires us to be.

About revkennydickson

I am a United Methodist minister and my professional passion is connecting issues of life and faith to film and other artforms. I am also interested in autism awareness and ministry and special needs. I am married to Michelle and have two children.
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