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Faith is good for you – if that faith confirms the love of God for every last one of us upon this earth, including in Argyll.
For we operate at our best for ourselves, for others and this planet when we do so from the firm base of love. And God gifts humanity love so we can be God’s co-workers sharing this same love.
St Paul wrote to a wee church in Colossae saying: ‘For in Christ the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness in him.’
So many of us in our pressurised 21st-century seem to have lives unfulfilled, lacking fullness. Hence the desire to change who we are, how we are, what we look like, what we own. And such high standards are set for the perfect life.
The strange thing is that as the church has relaxed about so much, and has found itself more on the margins – and able to do the right thing in God-surprising ways in our weakness, the world in which we live has become more puritan.
You have to say and think the right thing or you are not respected. You have to be fit – no place for excess carbs; eat a perfect diet – lots of salad. You are to have perfect children and take perfect holidays and have a home that looks like a show-house.
And all the time you are to be happy.
And should you sag, then Botox will fit you with a permanent grin.
You could say that the puritans are taking over.
May the church be the place of acceptance, forgiveness and understanding – and a spirituality of deep faith – where the fullness of our true selves are found in God, Creator, Son and Holy Spirit.
Rev Dugald Cameron,
Kilmore and Oban.