Revd. Dr. Adam Carlill
tel: 0775 341 1989
We live in exciting times! Christmas is coming, Brexit might be coming, Olivia, our new Bishop certainly is to be consecrated very soon.
Sometimes, when there are so many changes afoot, it can be quite unnerving. We can be tempted to retreat to what we think are safe places, to fear the new and shun the unfamiliar. As Christians we have a firm foundation which is impervious to the changes and chances of this world. We can be confident that God is unchanging in so many ways. This means that we have the inner resources to maintain the highest moral standards. We do not stoop to jingoism and name-calling, to labeling and racism, to factions and fighting. In Christ there is neither male nor female, neither bond nor free, Jew nor Greek, Muslim, EU citizen, UK citizen, black nor white, English, Irish, Welsh or Scottish. Our citizenship is in heaven, and here we are strangers and pilgrims, passing through.
As we remember the saints of ages past, remember the fallen of human conflict, prepare for Christmas and follow the refugee holy family to Bethlehem, let us resolve to put away all malice and evil speaking. Let us never stoop to hatred and abuse in our words (online or otherwise) and remember that we are all children of the one God and Father or our Lord Jesus Christ, who came to save all our humanity.