Sunday, October 31

It's Official (I've gone theological)

I have decided to officially name the Episcopalian Church Idol worship debacle ...

Raisin-gate

Saw "Alfie" at the cinema this evening. Haven't seen the original so I can't compare, but a very sad story about a man so obsessed with his own sexual gratification that he manages to mess up the lives of countless women as well as his best friend. And in the way that only Hollywood can do, there was no direct clear message suggesting that this kind of lifestyle might be ... you know ... wrong ... (Considering all the damage to so many relationships that was clearly done by him.) It seems Hollywood is quite willing to ask the difficult questions, but never quite bold enough to give the difficult answers ... the ones that people won't necessarily like!

Talking of which, a new film is on its way called "Saved". Set in a 'Christian' school, one of the main characters is a female student who gets pregnant and because of this she gets judged by all the nasty Christians ... but wait a minute she then falls in with all the school's 'mis-fits' who tell her that true Christianity and spirituality is all about love, justice and acceptance, not judging. Now, this is not to say that this is not partly true, but Christian love, acceptance and justice does not mean actively condoning a sinful course of action and effectively saying "It doesn't matter!" because the Bible makes it clear that sin does matter to God - it hurts him, it grieves him deeply. And of course there is the offer of complete forgiveness when we do all inevitably mess up - but to be forgiven we have to first admit we have done wrong and that we have hurt God and be willing to repent and to allow the Holy Spirit to change us into the people God wants us to be.

God accepts us regardless of who we are - yes! But that's because we cannot change ourselves into the people that God wants us to be ... If God only chose those who were already worthy, he wouldn't choose anyone, but in his grace and mercy he chooses normal people despite their sin. Does this mean he accepts them as they are? No - he accepts them regardless of who they are, but he accepts them to change them. "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." Ezekiel 36:26

Anyway ... before I turn into a total Amateur theologian!

Badgers, beavers and raisins to you all

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