Pentecost + 9 - Year A
Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
“The gifts and the calling of G*D is irrevocable.” 
And yet the church has a whole series of tests to apply to the usefulness of those gifts and one’s calling according to what is perceived as its continuity. If a gift or calling doesn’t fit within the benefit structure of the church, such are not confirmed and are denied.
Here the Church is at odds with its G*D. Though, many a sociopath has been keep out of leadership roles because of this winnowing of gifts and calling. And, no matter how strictly the church applies its current criteria to a perpetual abundance of scattering gifts and call, there are still sociopaths who can con the system.
“God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.” 
What an intriguing process. At least the church can claim to better follow this construct. It is very good at highlighting “disobedience” that it might appear merciful after some appropriate number of pounds of flesh have been sacrificed.