A totally Christian Church
Seeing things through different eyes
22nd November 2020
Dave writing from the Quiet Place
Where there is chaos, everyone has a plan to fix it.
It is small wonder that I write this today, for we are experiencing a measure of difficulty at the moment in our country and across the world. It is not surprising that we focus on our situation and sadnesses.
But elsewhere in the world we read of malignant waves of atrocities, almost always directed at innocent people, often Christians, are caught up in the barbaric violent actions of extreme ideologists. A year or so ago, an elderly couple visited us at our church from one such trouble spot - their truthful accounts were both tragic and amazing.
They lived by what they preached and believed, their faith was really put to the test. Their house, church and all belongings were destroyed by arsonists and some were murdered. This dear elderly man knew that his “Faith was not a shelter against difficulties, but trust and belief in the face of all contradictions and adversity.”
Knowing the lay of the land, he led the whole village and others to leave everything behind, grab the children and escape for their lives through what he calculated as a safe route. Six months later they were settled elsewhere -100’s even 1000’s had escaped and their families had all become mixed up with many children attaching to hitherto unknown families. They looked out for each other and they all found their only families.
Dare I say, “We think we have problems”, and of course, we have. We applaud all who have sacrificially gone the ‘second mile’ to help out through this time of pandemic. Well done everyone, whoever you are, Almighty God has seen and noted your efforts.
Sadly, as in the good times, there are those who have maliciously exploited our vulnerability for financial and other gain. Same old, same old it seems.
Both situations I have described have a rather biblical dimension. With us, the land of plenty, with the others the land of nothing. The question is, which one is which?
Faith in our Almighty God through our Lord Jesus is the key. In this respect we were not ready to face the music so to speak, we are in a Spiritual famine. There is an old saying “It’s best to tune your violin before the concert.” Sadly, our national violin is still in the case, untuned.
Another parallel I will draw on are both directly connected with our friends in 10 Downing Street.
One, the government minister who sneered at a sign (Almighty GOD have mercy on our NATION) I held outside the gates, and the other, taken entirely out of context but powerful nonetheless, the briefing where one of the Professors said, and I quote “Make sure, when you are called, be ready.”
Despite the often quoted media statistics of “The church in decline”, there are many millions of honourable, faithful, devoted, sincere practicing Christian people, in a wide variety of church settings, doctrines and expressions of faith in Jesus Christ, the Saviour, who represent the estimated 36 million UK citizens who identify as Christian or Catholic.
Archbishop Selby, the Evangelical Alliance and others have called days of prayer but the real “National” day of prayers not been called.
So let us all do something very, very simple - let US whisper one word that encapsulates the whole of GOD’s love for mankind. It’s more than just a word, it’s a name, the name above all names, the most powerful name in the whole universe - let us all whisper ‘JESUS’ all the time in every situation.
Each and every citizen can join us on Sundays at 11.00am and have our own time of near silence - whisper JESUS. The power is in the name - not the volume.
“Where there is chaos, everyone has a plan to fix it.”
“Where there is chaos, JESUS has an Eternal plan to bring order.”
Watch and see what HE will do.