Thought for the week – week 35

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It is a gross mistake and contrary to public opinion to state that clergy are
straight-laced. No, we are not.

Have you ever seen bizarre clerical dress on show at any ministerial or priestly gathering? It is like a fire sale at Remnant Kings!

I was thinking about dressing up when reading through a passage in the New Testament book of Ephesians, specifically chapter six. Here we are told to put on the whole armour of God.

The passage then goes on to tell us to don the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation.

While I quite fancy clanking around for a laugh in some medieval German suit of armour, what Ephesians is speaking about is actually serious. In vivid language, it tells us that God protects our souls, our very being.

We are not left alone to face the dangers of this world whether they may be personal or on the political or climatic scale.

By putting on the armour of God – who is of love – and the Gospel of peace, people of faith may go forth in this strange current situation with meaning and truth.

This is not ‘pretend’ dressing up; rather, living an engaged life in Christ Jesus in the real world.

Rev Dugald Cameron,

Minister of Kilmore and Oban.