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Thought of the Month

June

A few years ago, it was fashionable to wear a wristband that had the initials WWJD printed on it. What would Jesus do - it was meant to stop us and make us think about whatever we were going to do.

I wonder why we needed such a reminder? The sad truth is we are still living in an age where rudeness, incivility, brusqueness is common place and accepted, even encouraged. There are ways for people to be rude and offensive on line under the cover of anonymity. Cyber bullying is increasingly common.

There are times when the same rudeness and incivility is seen in church life and we seem to accept it as OK. We make excuses - oh it is just the way so and so is, we are used to it and we take no notice. I am pleased that we are generous and loving to each other in such situations, we are doing something good and right.

Is it ever reasonable, though, for a Christian to be rude and offensive to anyone? If our faith and our Christian teaching is to mean anything then the answer has to be no. Of course, people will make us angry; of course, we will find some people frustrating or self-righteous or annoying. Christian discipleship reminds us of the need for love to overcome instinctive and often hurtful reactions.

We need to learn to talk of issues and events rather than generalise about a person. We have an old-fashioned saying for this - hate the sin and love the sinner. When we can do that we have found the way where we can live with other people and enjoy the reality of living in diversity.

Christian faith is not simply about having private experiences and private thoughts about God and other issues of belief. Christian faith is living the way God wants us to - loving God and loving our neighbour as ourselves.

These are things which we choose to do, deliberately and consistently. This is the way we share our faith. Whether we like it or not people know about us; that we go to church and that we are Christians. They also have clear notions of how Christians ought to behave, we have only to see the delight the media takes when Christians and Clergy are found out to be living double standards.

Everything we do is a witness about the God we worship and the values we claim. It matters that we choose the right way to be and the right things to do. It is how God is glorified.

Malcolm

 

We are situated by the crossroads right at the heart of Stotfold. We extend a warm welcome to everyone, whether local residents or those 'just passing through'.

The present building was built in 1869 and still serves the local community.

Our Sunday morning services usually take place at 10am, although a couple in the month start at 9.30am. Check on the 'Sunday Worship' page to make sure.

One of our monthly services is based around the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

See the 'Sunday Worship' page for details of our Services.

 
 

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This Month's Quote
No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
John 4:12-21