Monday, 25 September 2017
Well it's Monday morning and Sunday has just passed. If you were here for worship you'll know that the scripture was challenging. I used an opening power point slide entitled "counter culture" because Jesus so often turns the world upside down. It is hard to be a Christ-follower in the 21st century. Jesus' emphasis on love and justice seems to run counter to the prevailing message of the culture. The culture advocates forward progress, often defined as 'climbing the ladder' or 'growing the bank account', whereas Jesus seems unconcerned about those things. He emphasizes community over personal gain and in so many ways challenges us to 'love our neighbour.' I need a lot of support when it comes to loving my neighbour. I am happy to donate a little money, maybe even write a protest letter to government, but to have the best interest of my neighbour/stranger at heart takes effort. Perhaps that is why we have church. If we aspire to the goal of loving neighbour we need the encouragement of a community who is striving toward the same goals. I guess that's what keeps me involved in the life of the church - to find support to live the life of love. Do you aspire to live a 'gospel life'? If you do - who encourages you? What supports you? I look forward to hearing from you!