Ministers Weekly Message

Dear Saints at RRUC,

Over the last while I have sent out a longish mail with the bulletin. So today I hope to make up for it! 😉

I recently read a blog post by my friend Bishop Gary Rivas, District Bishop of the MCSA.
Gary said: “Within the church, in our country and in the world at large, we are so divided. Issues like politics, race and gender seem to constantly marginalise us from each other. But scripture [sic] calls us to be unified as the body of Christ. But what does unity even mean or look like?

Resources: what we have – all of what we have – belongs to Christ and we should be sharing our resources with those who are in need.

Attitude: God declares his love for ALL people, so no one person can think themselves above another. No race is better. No gender is better. No social position is better. We are all equal in God’s love and we need to treat each other with an attitude of equality that stems from love.

Action: We can all aware of the factors that separate us. But what are we doing about it? What are we doing when we see those who are poor? What are we doing when we see the rejected in society? There is always something we can do.

Unity come [sic] from combining resources, attitude and action with the love that Christ has shown us so that we can help each other… Let me know of ways you think we can be more unified.” – +Gary Rivas

So friends, there has been much in recent weeks that has upped the ante within society at large. The parliamentary debate about expropriation has understandably caused huge uncertainty and even anxiety. This is unfortunately in the nature of our politics. But remember, for now, that is all it is: politicking. No one is going to show up at your gate to take away your house. So relax. Breathe. Pray. Step back from the non-sense.

God is present. And Jesus is Lord! I think +Gary is right – we need to find each other in unity more than ever. We are the Body of Christ. Let that mean something real to us in these times of division and uncertainty.

Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you, not as the world gives, my own peace I give to you.”

Shalom,
Craig