Today’s reading is drawn from 1 Peter 4:17-18 and 1 Peter 5:6-10. First Peter offers hope that by living reverent and quiet lives, members of the new Christian community can avoid suffering. Clearly, though, Peter’s greatest hope is that by imitating Christ, who also suffered and did not pursue retaliation, Christians can be redeemed by […]
Today’s reading is drawn from Romans 3:23-24 and Acts 13:39. We live in a culture that thinks hard work gets us what we want or what we think we deserve. This is especially true in the workplace. If we work hard enough, we get a raise, bonus, or promotion. And if something goes wrong, we […]
My family in Christ,
Recently I have been thinking about the post The Juxtaposition of Christ and Christianity Part #2 by DivideTheWord.blog. I have also had in mind many other blogs and comments that I have both seen and contributed to. It now seems to me that how ever much humans may try to promote and maintain the unity between our Christian family (which I still feel is a good and devout thing to do) our ecclesiastical differences will, to repeat the title, ultimately mean nothing:
They are like the walls of Jericho which will fall on that great and glorious day when our Saviour returns!
Before then, however, while we are hemmed in and imprisoned within these walls I would say that if you feel led to proclaim the unity of the Church then go for it!!! Just remember that there is a limit to the number of things we are required to believe:
(Also see: The Apostles’ Creed: what Christians must believe | Churchmouse Campanologist.)
Beware of placing things on top of this. For why believe or defend chaff? It is of no benefit and can actually be spiritually damaging! I am aware how difficult it is to just make sudden changes but please, churches, do not teach those who seek to follow Christ something that will hinder their spiritual progress. And fellow-travellers, please do not give credence to hearsay. Our hope must be to be released when the walls collapse, not to fall as part of the rubble!
God bless you.
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.