This past week once again was filled with news that no one wants to hear or see.
Murder of the worst sort seems to be the way our world is going more and more. Godlessness is becoming the rule and horrific events by Godless people seem to take the front pages of the papers and the headlines of the TV News.
The internet is filled with the events and the opinions of many both supporting the terror and decrying the evil done in the name of religion. Sadly Paris was only the tip of the iceberg in the news.
Matthew 5:9 says: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.”
This is a good place to start and a word I need in my own life as I battle the anger that roars up within me when I see these news bits.
One bit of news that gives hope is that of the marches carried on by so many in a variety of places, people from all walks of life and backgrounds with a call to recognize our common humanity and the wrong of these murders. There is a part of me that wants to lash out and another part that knows the truth of being a peacemaker that must override the emotions of it all.
Divisions cross many lines and associations in our world, even in our community we have different divides and causes that either unite us or divide us. Some good and some wrong reasons that we need to identify and foster to grow and others to root out for our betterment as well.
I know we have differences but there are some things that should unite us despite the differences. Psalm 133 is one of my favourite ones as it says: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”
Ephesians 4:13-15 says: “Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head - Christ”
This is the core of faith we should know in the Christian community - Christ.
This Sunday, January 18, at 11 a.m. there will be a Community Service, using the Gardner Memorial Church as the meeting place, to show our world that Christ is a person worth showing unity for. In this unsettled world we need to join together to show that there can be unity and common purpose. So if you are a church goer or not, join in and see how God can speak to you.
After the service we are invited to stay around and fellowship, soup provided and bring a piece with you and if you have to spare bring a bit perhaps extra to share. Let’s show our world something different.
Rev. Jon Bergen
On behalf of Brechin Churches Together