Dickensian England here we come

Not much on my mind these past few days except for the reforms to the welfare budget.

Christ is Risen… he is risen indeed…

But now we are come again to a point in history, not unlike the 1830s and 1930s where turbulent powers are having more sway… and people are being pushed to the edges of life, even in previously wealthy countries.

It is time for the church to mobilise itself, as it has in previous situations and at previous times, indeed as it does continually, to work for the poor, the meek, the voiceless, the young, the sick and the disadvantaged… in practical ways. The need is becoming more urgent.

I am not one to rely entirely upon a Gospel of earthly charity… the good news of Christ is powerful news for eternity as well as the here and now, and it must not be obscured by condescending, self-congratulating philanthropy… it is more important to make people realise how precious they are in themselves, how very sacred and how saved they are, and at what divine cost… than just to fill bellies temporarily and keep people occupied for now, like animals.

But people must be fed with bread as well as the word of God in order to live long enough to make a difference, and to have the energy and space to be transformed, and thus to have a transforming effect on others… and right now we are on the brink of something rather awful, where the wealthy slip down the heap just a little but the poor -are about to drop off the edge.

What can we do – where is our energy and finance best spent – how will we be able to tell who is most in need, or must we wait until they drop at our doors?

Please God show us Christians how we can work to care for all your children on earth… show us where we currently count luxuries as necessities, and give us energy and joy to work with hope, and not with grim-faced gloom, and don’t let us ignore or neglect our neighbours in need, for in doing so, we ignore and neglect Christ.

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About Jemma

Learning to be both a priest and a human being in the Anglican Church
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