Brave? In the face of the decline of Christian values, behaviour, beliefs, Christians are facing more insults and opposition. Yes Christians are a brave lot.
Secure? Ah there’s a question. Security, safety, (salvation I suppose) is the big thing on offer in Christianity. No wonder it attracts the insecure - who might be the objective realists in an age of hype, spin and ubiquitous lies.
Of course there is faux security. Anything susceptible to moths, white ants, rust, GFCs, storms, floods, earthquakes, fire, burglars, idiot drivers, incompetent or dishonest advisors, is a faux security (you’re not relying on any of this are you?)
There are also faux security guards. People whom we trust to keep our lives under control and protected from harm. Perhaps this is a matter of degree, of limited realistic trust in certain people. Lots of us don’t really trust this job to anyone but ourselves.
Managing, controlling, keeping an eye on things ... that is the big task we don’t easily delegate.
But I am getting off topic. The people at Willetton church – what about their security? Well, you know, there are quite a few who have bought into a Provident Fund. They trust everything they have, including their life, health, all their wealth, to the Providence of the Gracious God. I am not sure how many there are, but I think quite a few. They live by the words of Jesus.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matt 6.31-34 (NIV)