Monday, 14 July 2014

God in My Travels

Recently I went travelling around England and Wales; and while I was away I was so aware, at various points, just how much God was taking care of me and keeping me safe. You see, the whole trip was a bit haphazard, and I’ll admit I didn’t plan it fully, which is totally my fault, so I guess I deserved for things to go wrong. But the amazing is, I have a God that deals in grace. One who loves me and looks out for my best interests even when I don’t deserve it, because that love isn’t earned by me doing well, it’s unconditional.

I know that kinda makes it sound like I got myself in serious trouble while I was away or something, but I’m talking about a lot of small things that just kept adding up when they could have so easily went the other way and cumulatively made the whole thing not so fun.
For instance, I locked myself out of my tent on the first day of Download Festival (jammed padlock) and yet I was able to find a way around it without having to damage anything. I stayed warm, and dry, and was perfectly fine being alone at a music festival surrounded by thousands of drunken strangers. It’s one example of many. Many that I actually don’t even remember anymore, but caused me to be thankful at the time.

God is good, and does good for us even in the small things; even when we haven’t done anything to deserve it. That’s just what I wanted to share today. 

Thursday, 29 May 2014

God’s Love [Poem]

God loves Catholics
God loves Jews
God loves me
And God loves you

No matter where you’re from
Or whatever you do
God will always
Always, ALWAYS
Love you

Yes, it’s true
He does want you to love him back
But His love for you
Doesn’t depend on that

None of your actions
And none of your deeds
Can ever make God love you more
Whatever your story
And whatever your needs
God. Loves. You.
Don’t forget. 

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Leading by Example

When my minister has a guest speaker in, and isn’t preaching himself, he has a piece of paper and a pen out – taking notes – and I think that’s wonderful. He’s still learning. He doesn’t think he’s ‘got it all’ or is above the rest of us. No, he knows that everyone – himself included – has room to grow in God. That little act inspires me. It’s something I aim for – to still be ready and waiting to learn no matter how old I get, even if I end up deeply rooted in church ministry. 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Putting Words in God’s Mouth

We read in parts of the Old Testament that male sheep or goats were to be sacrificed in specific rituals, for specific things, and a lot of us have a tendency to extrapolate from that, that males are pure and holy and therefore females are not (and some adventurous people even attempt the foolhardy leap of taking this ‘rule’ from the animal kingdom and applying it to actual human beings). Can I just point out – that is not what the Bible says! The Bible doesn’t really go in for subtlety when it comes to the important things, so if it’s not spelled out for us I’d go out on a limb and say that A. it doesn’t matter very much and/or B. it’s just us putting our interpretation where it ought not to be.
We should really stop doing that (and, yes, I’m talking to myself here, too).
I don’t know why we do do this. Especially when we don’t apply the same flawed logic to other things. Like, when we read the bits outlining specifics of the Tabernacle we hear certain measurements being required, but we do not then assume that all other measurements are not as good for other purposes and cry because our bungalows are not the same dimensions as the house of God.
We read that Aaron’s sons were ordained for specific duties, and therefore assume that his daughters weren’t up to the job; but does it cross our minds that Moses’ sons weren’t chosen instead of Aaron’s? Do we then assume that Moses's sons were substandard? No. And no! 
To put another way: if I decided to hire a personal assistant called Max no-one would jump to the conclusion that I’m biased against applicants with the name Sam, but they might wonder if I prefer a male PA over a female because I think they’re better – which is just stupid! One assumption should be just as ridiculous as the other. Surely actual logic will tell you that I'm gonna employ someone primarily based on their abilitity to do their job, and not because I hate everyone else. 
Know why God chose Aaron’s sons? Because he wanted to! Not because other people were not as devoted or couldn’t do the job as well. Somebody had to do it, but it did not require the entire population.
Going back to the example of sacrifices: yes, a lot of the time males were specifically commanded to be used, but at other times female animals were commanded instead. Funny how that’s often overlooked… except, it’s not funny at all. It’s sickening.
Society has implicitly drilled into all of us since birth that men are better than women. So much so that we believe it, and start to see supposed confirmation of this belief in places where it doesn’t exist. If you wanna do that then fine, but don’t tell me it’s scriptural, because it’s not.