There are times, when I feel totally overwhelmed and perhaps you do too; like those times when I am caught up in a group of God’s children, and hear what they have to say about those of another group; you know what I mean, those who go to this church or that church which is different to our own.
Social Media is full of criticism and comments, warnings that this church or that church Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, Methodist, Quaker, Happy Clappy are all so wrong, in what they believe, in what they do, what they say.
whoever they may be… I am possibly one of the quietest, most serious persons you could ever meet – but, I have been labelled Happy Clappy. Reason? Singing to myself in the hall kitchen… “Give thanks to the risen Lord”
Well, now that the Lord is risen I do believe and that He gave up His life, dying a horrific death on the cross for my sins – that I don’t doubt, not surprisingly I shall continue to give thanks to the Risen Lord.
And I shall also continue to pray that the day will come when the whole Christian Family gives thanks to the Risen Lord and recognises that the Lord who loves me and us, loved him, her and those others as well.
Christ Jesus died for us!
When we were still far off in our sins, God met us in His Son.
Not just us up here, over here, but them them down there, over there.
While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!
Not the theologian, not the tradition, not the doctrine,
It wasn’t, the Archbishop, the Cardinal, the Pastor,
The Priest or the Evangelist, but
Christ Jesus died for us!
So, I ask, why can’t we be civil, why can’t we speak the truth in love, share the Truth of His Word, “it is written in the prophets (see Isaiah 54.13) they shall all be taught of God, everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to me.) Jesus tells us this in John 6.45.
So, I ask in my simple, naive way, “Why don’t we all go into our secret (closet) room, shut the door and listen to the One who sees and hears and hold our criticism back until we have heard what the Heavenly Teacher has to teach us first…
Perhaps He May whisper, “Speak the truth in love”
While we were yet sinners,
Christ Jesus died for us
In Christ Alone
Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
You know what?
Those other folk, they who are not us, may just be standing in the love of Christ as well as us!
Grant to me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know.
To love what I ought to love,
To praise what delights Thee most,
To value what is precious in Thy sight,
To hate what is offensive to Thee.
Do not suffer me to judge according to the sight of my eyes,
Nor to pass sentence according to the ears of ignorant men;
But to discern with a true judgement between things visual and spiritual,
And above all things to enquire what is the good pleasure of Thy will.
(Thomas A Kempis c1375-1475)