I am on a journey, a journey which is not yet over. Over the years, my ideas, my beliefs, my politics, my heart and my attitudes have changed enormously. But my faith in a living God who loves us and wants a relationship with us has not changed. So I approach this subject with some trepidation and I hope with some humility. Continue reading “Same sex relationships”
As a follower of Jesus Christ I want to follow his plan for my life and do not want to displease God in any way by my actions, speech or thoughts. I may judge for myself what is right for and what is wrong for me, but I have no right to judge other people or to impose my standards or my morality on another human being.
Continue reading “Knowing right from wrong”
Once again we hear of kids being massacred at a school by a man with a gun. Most people I know who live in Britain rather than America are horrified and puzzled by the American obsession with gun ownership. The statistics clearly point to drastically reduced gun related deaths when there is strong gun ownership control. But strong government control is anathema to many citizens in the ‘land of the free”.
Viewed the situation from the outside, I and many others, can be judgemental of our American cousins. We are actually in danger of being hypocritical, bearing in mind how much money Britain makes by selling weapons around the world. Continue reading “Guns, Kids and the Arms Trade”
I have decided that what I write in my blogs must firstly be honest to myself, honest to other people and honest to God. I realise that I may upset a few people and may be un-subscribed, un-followed or un-friended. I am going to say what I believe about the concept of hell in association with what I know about a God of love who gave his precious son, not to condemn the world, but to save us all (John 3:17).
Christians are often accused of being judgemental, and unfortunately, this is often true. On last Sunday’s, “Song of Praise”, BBC programme I heard a song which really emphasises how we should not be so quick to judge other people and show “a little grace”.
God shows an immense amount of grace towards us. I cannot find better words to express how we could us “a little grace” towards our fellow human beings.
Facebook can be a blessing keeping you in touch with old friends and contacts. But sometimes the views expressed are judgemental and not a blessing at all! This morning I noticed a report by some American preacher in which he lashed out at christians for sharing a christian song which has done the rounds on Facebook.
- Did he simply not like the style of the music? No!
- Did he disagree with the theology of the lyrics? No!
- Did he object to people making money selling christian music? No!
- Did he criticise the life-style of the performers? Yes!
How we treat other people is vitality important. Jesus told us to ‘love our neighbour’. Love includes dignity and respect. Love in a marriage would quickly die if both partners did not respect each other and treat the other with dignity.
Jesus’ teaching addresses how we should respond to people who make us angry, people who we could despise, people who are violent towards us, people who are in need and people who make us their enemy. He taught us to keep short accounts with others and not to judge. Continue reading “Dignity and respect for Humanity”
As I start to write this, my weekly blog, I sense that I am at one of those crossroads we come across on our journey through life. I started writing my blog in March, last year and have so far written 70 articles on a wide range of subjects. Continue reading “Personal Cross-Roads”