Friday 04 September 2020
11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
If you can use one of the clocks in the picture above then you are most certainly called Retro! (Polite word for old). I suspect our mobile phones have now replaced all such alarm clocks. These clocks were probably far more effective at waking you up, as most didn’t have a snooze button so when the alarm went off, you had to get straight out of bed or risk being late. To be honest I’m not sure how anybody actually slept with one of these beside the bed as they ticked very loudly.
COVID19 has closed down not only our worship, fellowship, and discipleship which is vital to our spiritual well-being and growth but hindered our mission. It has also diverted attention from other global issues such as climate change and racial justice. This time has given the chance to re evaluate what’s important in our own lives, but also as church to seek what should be left behind and what God is calling us to be and do now. I feel very deep with my heart now the call from God is now to wake up, understanding the present times as our world needs hope, compassion and to have the opportunity to both hear the good news of Jesus, and see it in action. We now need to pull together as a church with each of us playing our part as we are able and gifted and begin to wake up and listening attentively to God’s call for action and obediently respond to it.
Today is the start of Climate Jubilee for the earth, a Christian response to the threat posed by Climate Change which has not gone away and still requires swift action. The concept of Jubilee is appropriate, ' it’s a resetting ' of our relationship with God's Creation. The idea of Jubilee describes climate change as ' a result of the intersection of greed , inequality and destruction of God's Earth ' It goes on to say ' Jubilee is a time to renounce overconsumption and economic systems based on constant economic growth at the cost of the Earth and those who are poor' Sadly we know we are not going to reach targets to reduce our emissions in the future and the people who will suffer the most are always the poor, It time to wake up!
Romans 13 v 8-14.
The greatest evidence that we are asleep is our lack of outrage over what is tolerated in the Church and what is going on in the world. Not only are we indifferent to what is happening before our eyes, we have become so used to it that we are virtually impervious to it.