Thought for the week 19.09.19

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That question ‘where is the relevance of the Christian faith in the current political climate of our nations?’ felt incredibly apposite over the past weeks.

This is not about Christians dictating politics (we are not a political party) but the way of Christ does give us principles by which to live and, maybe more crucially, the hope and belief that things can be different. We can heal the fractures within communities espousing differing political views; we can live together, agreeing to disagree, but maintaining our care and respect for each other.

The principles which Jesus gave ask us to stand up for all who will be disadvantaged by any decision from any party and to be the voice for those whose views are ignored, whether in our democracy or in the Amazonian rainforests.

And they ask us to test any decision, political, personal or in our work, against God’s values of love, peace, justice and equality.

I do not believe that we should foist Christian principles on those who do not hold that faith, but for those who follow Jesus, it is an imperative to offer a way of life and values give hope into all aspects of our lives here and beyond our human existence.

The faint rainbow that appeared over Oban Bay the other morning reminded me that there is hope and there are ways to repair and go forward into a positive future, as we pray for wisdom to guide us all in the coming months.

Very Rev Canon Margi Campbell,

Provost and Rector of St John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Oban.