Our borders, our walls mock the faith that we own, denying the Christ that we claim to enthrone, for Christ is our neigbour to love or reject, for us to disdain, or to treat with respect.
The justice of God is as real as our flesh, as real as each life that we drown or refresh; as active as righteousness seen in the cross, where love met with hatred while bearing the loss.
And now, in this moment, we need to decide, our crisis of conscience to love or deride: to claim that some small print lets us off the hook, or answer, with courage, Christ's challenging look?
Andrew Pratt 14/7/2019 Words © 2019 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England, http://www.stainer.co.uk. Please include any reproduction for local church use on your CCL Licence returns. All wider and any commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd.
Tune: ST DEINIO
This is pertinent to the situation that we live in. Today people in this country who are different live in fear. The best we can offer to those who are different from ourselves, in whatever way, is to enable them to feel accepted and welcome and not afraid.