My family in Christ,
I turned Youtube on this morning, and the first thing I saw was this:
To be honest, I love this guy. He puts at least one vlog on Youtube each day Monday-Friday. And they are fantastic, honestly. For 2 mins 20 secs each morning the most appauling newspaper articles (both oppressor/Tory-biased and those reporting the reality of the poverty inflicted on people), plus any related news items from the previous day’s tv, are presented in a very funny way. And to be honest, I had no problems with today’s offering. (Yes I did notice him wearing a dog-collar!) The problems I think are the comments that this received on Youtube. The downtrodden are blaming God for the oppression taking place.
In a blog I published the other day neatnik2009 commented about the sad fact of life that all, or at least most situations ‘Christians’ are to be found on both sides – in this case amongst the oppressors and the oppressed. Theresa May is a vicar’s daughter, she claims to be a faithful member of the Anglican church, and she is being supported by (at least someone claiming to be) a vicar. And I suppose those who have commented cannot understand how those three aspects of Mrs May’s life – plus the vastly more important influence of our forever loving and merciful God – can lead a person to be involved with such a people-hating and poverty-inflicting Party. For a historical comparison, just imagine the two world wars when enemy nations would have included Christians.
I have attempted to write this blog a few times today, and each time I have deleted it. But now I believe God has encouraged me to do it, and hopefully I have used His words and allusions. Anyway, when I felt Him moving me I was listening to this song:
To be honest, I don’t really understand how this song is related to the above. I just felt that I should share it with you.
Thanks for your prayers.
God bless you.
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After joining a central London library a few weeks ago I felt eager to explore the Religion section, and was delighted to find a couple of shelves dedicated entirely to works of comparative religion. I’m sure the contents of these books could keep me entertained for years, but in this post I just want to talk briefly about one book which has been a delight to read, and which I would highly recommend.
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My family in Christ,
“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to his name; worship the LORD in the splendour of his holiness. The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic…The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning…And in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’ The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as king forever. The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace” (Psalm 29:2-4, 7, 9b, 10-11 NIV)
In a world of 7 billion+ people, it is not uncommon for individuals to feel ignored or forgotten by governments. And when the latter do finally recognise us there is a sense of exploitation, that we who were formerly just a number amid other numbers in some official records are now being acknowledged as having flesh and blood simply in order for the government to appear compassionate. But most (if not all) of the time this ‘compassion’ is temporary and it soon becomes chaff for the wind to blow away.
But know that there is a higher Power, one Who has loved us from our very beginnings. Whoever helps us in our life does so because He loves us; we are fed and watered because of His compassion for us. Whatever life throws at you always remember that He is there, patiently waiting for you to trust Him. Hopefully what happens to you throughout your earthly life teaches you to trust Him totally; maybe it doesn’t. Just remember that a day will surely come when each of us will have to make that stark choice between trusting and rejecting: and the consequencies of your decision will affect you far greater than anything can this side of death!
May God bless you all with wisdom, generosity and peace.