Summer's Over - Ah That Means It's Time For The Referendum ...

10th September 2014

It's September - and Harvest is upon us and then it'll be Remembrance, Advent and Christmas!

Folks say that when the school breaks up for summer ministry gets quiet.  Hmmm...

In actual fact, when one set of events cleared out of the diary another set of events simply fell into the vacant spaces.  At a recent meeting of Presbytery, each group of parishes (I don't think there are any single parishes in Lochaber Presbytery) was asked to give a round up of the events in their area over the summer.  it was exhausting, and humbling, listening to what had been going on!  Holiday clubs, open churches, coffees and teas, lunches, car boot sales, being a presence at local shows, barbecues, picnics, usual weddings and funerals - oh, and regular worship too!   With all that happening I was able to push aside the elephant in the room, the Referendum...

There, I've said the R word.  it does seem to be quite a large elephant.  The Church as an organisation made a decision to remain neutral during discussions and instead to focus on 'Respectful Dialogue'.  Churches have opened their doors and welcomed discussions and prayers for those seeking a more measured, and respectful, response to the subject than has been obvious in some parts of the media and society.  Recently I posted on Facebook and make no apologies for copying that post now - 

Dare I mention the 'R' word?
Switched on the computer and saw in the news that some Church of Scotland ministers have departed from the neutral stance of the Church. Deeply saddened by this. I've left one on-line Christian group because of the drip feed of politics. Also deeply saddened but the amount of 'false teaching', blatant lying and economical use of the truth in the propaganda being spouted over the issue.
Where is the grace - where is the love of truth that Christians should be holding to! What happened to looking for the best, the goodness and Godliness at all times and in all people?
Just as well we have a God who values each individual and sees the worth in everyone because it doesn't look like the people of Scotland are doing that for themselves right now. Paul's letter to the Ephesians, 4:31-32 says 'Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger, and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted and forgiving one another, as God in Christ as forgiven you.'  Amen, and let's not forget that whatever the future holds, we're all in this together!