February 20th – Taking Sides



I still hear people say that Britain is ‘After all a Christian country’. Not only is it not a Christian country: it never has been. It is possibly a religious country but the religion of our land at the end of the 20th century is a rag-bag of post modernist claptrap. ‘If it’s all right for you – then it’s all right’ seems to be the agreed rule. New-agism is not new at all. It’s a sort of ‘pick & mix’ of beliefs based on a roughly ‘Green’ concept; with it’s main creed ‘It’s OK if it feels OK to you’. Authority, or lack of it, is based on what the individual may feel at the time. Reincarnation, spirits, lay lines, meditation, aroma-therapy, pills, crystals, mythology, healing by magic, spirit guides, all have a place in the mix – you pick what suits you. This is the world in which and by which our children are being formed. Education is the process of the entire society – we are shaped by our total environment in which clear Christian teaching seems to be too rigid, too exclusive, too much of a dinosaur to survive. Yet, in this age, we are urged to teach our children right from wrong, as if morality were a list of dos and don’ts and not personal communal commitments. In an age where anything goes – everything goes. The greatest need our pagan land, in ignorance, displays is the want of a joyful, enthusiastic, Christ-centred loving community, which practices what He preaches and embodies His power of love, of confidence, and a sound mind. In short, if ever there was a time when a nation was dying for want of ‘the fellowship of the Holy Spirit’, it is now. The church is meant to be the home of that fellowship. Meanwhile, across the centuries, the challenge of Joshua still stands. (Joshua 24: 14-15)
Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness.Throw away the gods your forefathers worshipped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living.But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
A fragment of a poem called “Faith”
I can’t stand out. I must take sides. The man who is a neutral in this fight is not a man. He’s bulk and body without breath, cold leg of lamb without mint sauce. A fool. He makes me sick – Good Lord! Weak tea! Cold slops! G.A.Studdart Kennedy “The Unutterable Beauty”.
Now read Mark 8: 31-38

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