Hi church family,
I have been having some wonderful robust conversations after my sermon on Sunday. Honest conversations can be hard but thank you for allowing this type of discussion in our church. It is really valuable when as the people of God, we can flesh out these issues together. However, it was not my intention to make people unnecessarily worried or to give freedom to unwise protest. You will recall I said “good Godly protest”. None of us will be getting into trouble I can assure you, if you do I will be on your case as I hope you would be on mine.
My main aim was to get you to think of all things and the actions we may take as we move ahead with the mind of Christ because I strongly feel that God and His ways can often be left out of our conversations. As Christians it is very easy to give lip service to Godly ways and justice when we are not directly affected. And when we are personally affected or know of someone personally affected it changes things. We might abandon Godly ways in favour of self preservation or we may seek justice and insist on our rights with no concern for those affected by our form of justice. I am not saying it will be easy to figure out, but who ever said the road to true faith wouldn’t be difficult. In the near future, we will need to have more discussions together of how we navigate church life together, what next steps can we take when it comes to safely gathering as a church as per the new traffic light system, which allows some flexibility, so that those who are vulnerable are kept safe and those in need of Jesus are still welcomed. I promise I won’t make decisions without you. Everyone will have a chance to have a say. Do let me know your concerns and worries, you shouldn’t feel alone at this time.
What I do know for certain is this: “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 NRSV. God has never left His faithful people to flounder, if we do our bit, if we are faithful, a great deliverance will follow. Who knows we might see the sea part, the sick healed, and the miraculous things of God happen before our eyes in our lifetime. For such a time as this!