Ephesians 2:19-20 WHY DO WE COME ACROSS AS NUTS?

St Paul wrote to his friends in Ephesus about become a Christian: ‘So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.’

Great news! In theory……     


‘I have to admit I am not a particularly good Christian. I’m a bog standard one who believes that Jesus really lived and died and rose again, and that he deserves my unswerving allegiance, which I often fail to live up to. Admittedly that was enough to get you fed to the lions in the Colosseum or imprisoned by the Nazis once upon a time. However, in our enlightened days where in Britain we pride ourselves on our inclusivity, tolerance, and equality, why is it so hard to identify as a Christian or indeed as a member of any world religion?’ Dr Krish Kandiah (Times 21 July)


Maybe because in western society there is a deep suspicion about people of faith. And with good reason. Daily we read about Islamic radicalism, the myopia of the Trump evangelical right in the USA, Buddhists in Burma having a go at the Rohingya Moslems, the ongoing Hindu/Moslem standoff in India and Pakistan. Perhaps the suspicion is fair enough! Why do people of faith behave so badly?


If I am called to love my God with all my heart and mind and love my neighbour as myself, it is a daily question to check whether my faith makes me a more closed in and judgmental person or an open and generous one. Serious stuff!


St Francis expressed it this way:


Make me a channel of your peace,

Where there's despair in life let me bring hope,

Where there is darkness, only light,

And where there's sadness ever joy.


Or not!