Pastor’s Blog July 2017

It’s only a month since I last wrote a blog but it seems such a long time ago, so much has happened since the beginning of June, not least of which is the General Election.

The election showed us what we already knew that we are a deeply divided country with no coherent sense of where we are going. It seems that we are in for a prolonged period of uncertainty.

One of the talking points, post-election was the resignation of Tim Farron. The reasons he gave for resigning focused on the difficulties he faced being an Evangelical Christian and a Politician and party leader. Tim Farron’s decision highlights again the changing status of Christianity within our nation. The U.K. is becoming increasingly secular and the church is considered to be part of a repressive and reactionary past that people are breaking free from.

How should we respond to these changing times?

  1. We should continue to trust that God is Sovereign. The world may be changing around us but God has not changed nor have his purposes.
  2. These changing circumstances may throw up many new challenges but they also give us fresh opportunities. The collapse of nominal Christianity might mean that people will encounter real Christianity, not the cheap imitation that is passed off as the real thing. I realise that this is a dangerous thing to say, but we Christians need to be more radical not less. We need to fully commit ourselves to the absolute Lordship of Christ in every area of our lives.
  3. We need to stop looking back with nostalgia and start looking forward with faith. Too many of us want the good old days, when Christianity was promoted by the state and taught in our schools, when churches were part of the fabric of our communities, those days are gone and will never return. Whatever God has for us it is not a return to the past.
  4. We need to understand afresh that the church is the hope of the world. It is through the church, not heroic individuals or the nation state that God is principally working out his purposes in the world. Therefore we should be asking ourselves, how can we be an authentic church, a genuinely alternative community, living together under the Lordship of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit?

 

To be continued….

Phil Dixon