A simple faith

Everything has become too complicated. It’s making me and my close friends angry, anxious and worried. The referendum is no longer a simple hokey cokey of are we in or are we out? Somehow it has morphed into a monster about how much we value freedom of speech, tolerance and the political lurch to the Right.

I am a Methodist local preacher. Today I led our morning worship. Today I thought I was going to struggle to bring any positive message but the message was given to me. If we claim to be Christians then our whole outlook should be focused on the wider spiritual faith, regardless of denomination. Now, that is a huge complex issue isn’t it? How many beliefs teach tolerance? How many people criticise if the Bible is taken out of context?  It gets complicated.  My readings were from 1 Kings – Elijah under the tree and Paul’s letter to the Galations.  Elijah is stressed, he’s at his end.  He prays for God to allow him to die.  What happens? He doesn’t die. God treats his anxiety. An angel comes with food. A classic technique in grounding to support the anxious.

Paul writes to the church in Galatia.  Now, we talk about taking things out of context.  The fledgling church that Paul set up was being told that in order to be a true Chritian they would have to undergo additional tests of faith.  In the same way now we think we have the best cheap air deal or phone bundle then get told we need additional bolt-ons in order to use it properly.  In short, a con.

But is the idea of the Christian faith a con? Can it stand side by side of other faith groups to condemn inhumanity?

In my opinion, like Elijah and Paul; the more simple your faith the easier it is to attempt to live in it.  I believe in God the father, son and the essence of his spirit called in some walks the Holy Spirit, whose very presence is a guide.

There are too many complex arguments, people of all walks are feeling vulnerable, scared or defiant and angry.  We may need to stop, take a step back and re-group, showing our true love, our strength in diversity and our belief that if small factions try to make everything too complicated than we will simply become victims of our own confusion and inability to reconcile our differences.  And in the confusion we allow ourselves to be sidestepped.