Rector’s Letter August 2016 – ‘Any Questions?’

JeffersonAny Questions?”

For instance, did you know that the BBC’s output is ‘too Christian’ and more room should be made for the content of other faiths, according to the corporation’s Head of Religion and Ethics, Aaqil Ahmed, a practicing Muslim.

Or that the CEO of the Royal College of Midwives, Professor Cathy Warwick, is campaigning for the complete legalisation of abortion up to the time of birth.

Or that asking children to attend assemblies undermines their human rights, according to a United Nations committee.

Or that there has been a seven-fold rise in the persecution of Christians in China since 2008?

If the answer is ‘yes,’ then that could mean that you are a regular reader of the excellent monthly newspaper ‘Evangelicals Now// global coverage of God’s work’ (Price £1.25 per month), which is full of informative teaching and encouragement, which both strengthens and challenges our faith.

In the New Testament, we are encouraged to pray for those in authority (1 Timothy 2: 1-6) and respect the role of those in authority (Romans 13: 1-7) at the same time as challenging and resisting evil (Romans 12:21).

So unless we are informed, we simply will not know for what and for whom we should pray. And yet for less than the cost of a Sunday paper, you would be able to answer all of the above and much more, so why not consider finding out a little more (Tel: 0845 2250057 – £18 for 12 months).

Because as Christians, we are called to be ‘salt’ in society – preserving, enriching, transforming; and ‘lights for the world’ – guiding, enlightening, leading (Matthew 5).

Indeed, St. Paul writes to Timothy and says ‘pray for all rulers and those in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Saviour, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth’ (1 Timothy 2).

So let us be like Billy Graham, who once said: ‘I aim to be geared to the times, but anchored to the Rock’ (Luke 6: 46-49).

With best wishes,

 

Charles Jefferson