What if racism was right?

Dear reader, if you read the title, this is my official disclaimer: this article is not racist and not intended to increase racial tension.  For the proof, read on…

I have already published one article on racism, but I felt compelled to “pen” another.  Here is my attempt to understand the point of view of those who truly believe the creed of racism: please note, I am going to fail!  I understand there are other types but I will stick here to “white person” racism or what a racist type British person might believe… Continue reading

Racism and Christianity

OK, I’m going to start with the past, and come to what I hope is the obvious point later.  Sadly, throughout the history of (probably pretty much all) the nations, there have been huge divides and injustices based on race.  Being British, I’ll focus on us: we participated in the highly racist slave trade, treating people from certain places as property.  We also have a very serious history of unpleasantness directed particularly at Jews in our country, though from time to time it would seem they were highly favored (see this article).  I’m not going to apologize for it, because I didn’t do it, but I do heartily condemn these acts across the history of my country, and indeed the Western world.  I like to think things have got better.  I like to think the world we live in now is better.  However, recent events in America show us that there is still further to go.  I’m not going to deal with the actual news-events of the moment, as others have done this better than I could.  I am much more interested in the underlying attitude and what the Bible has to say about it.  Continue reading

Je Suis Moi

Bonjour!  I have had a long think about “Je Suis Charlie” and have come to the following conclusions…

1) Murder is wrong and is always the fault of the person doing the murder, not the victim.

2) “Charlie” was publishing deliberately rude and offensive material.  Morally, I don’t agree with this.

3) Legally, I don’t want offensiveness banned as it is in some cases in the UK.

Though I would never want to publish something just for the sake of being offensive (at least I hope I wouldn’t), I can’t possibly agree with the Papal statement because, as this article argues, it amounts to justifying violence if offense is felt.  God has allowed those who mock him some time to change their minds.  Because God has said that we should leave vengeance for Him, we can’t judge or act in violence against others who mock.  What was Jesus’ reaction to mockery?  Continue reading

Our Father’s Attitude to Us

https://i1.wp.com/blog.adw.org/wp-content/uploads/father-and-son.jpgDear Brothers and Sisters, when Jesus came out of the water of baptism, our Father declared: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased“.  That is the Father’s attitude to His true children.  Indeed, “in Christ Jesus [we] are all children of God through faith“, which means that our Father has the same attitude towards us*.  He is pleased with us.  He looks on us and says He is happy with what He sees!  However miserable a job we are doing (and sometimes I am doing a fairly miserable job of being a Christian), He not only loves us and forgives us but has an attitude of joy and pleasure in who we are. 
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The Simplest Thing: Right Here

As the title suggests, I am easing myself back into blogging with something simple, but startling.  Putting aside all religious trappings, tradition, and current problems, God is right here.  Right here in this room as I am typing.  I have his promise on that.  True that promise comes from Jesus the Son, but where He is, there His Father is too. Continue reading

Grace, Freedom and Faith

Grace and Hope

Grace and Hope (Photo credit: Crysco Photography)

OK, I’m trying to sought out my own thoughts on this as I type… but this generally comes from reading the book “You’ve Already Got It” by Andrew Wommack.  I was particularly impressed by his handling of grace and faith as these are often falsely dealt with as if they are opposed and you must choose a side, when actually we are saved by grace through faith.  The two ideas are opposed but only as your fingers and thumb are opposed, with which you can grasp anything!

We are given (by grace) all that we need.  Every sin is paid off- so no amount of guilt has any right to hold us (would you be in debt if someone had paid off all your debts already- would you try and pay it again?).  This is why there is no condemnation in Christ.  More than this we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing by Christ already.  Even our healings are already paid for.  This bears dwelling upon: Continue reading