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George Mackay (Guest) (13/08/2011 08:28)
In the political realm (but nto just in that) there are times to speak and times to remain silent. In evangelism in hostile situations there are may be opportunities to speak out boldly (and be arrested or deported), but it might be better to 'keep quiet' and get tjhe message across in other ways.
The point is that not every situatin is "black and white".
Peter Carr (13/08/2011 09:31)
I am not suggesting that every situation is black and white, I am however suggesting (re Isa 43 quoted above) that God's view of our witnessing is very clear!!
George Mackay (Guest) (13/08/2011 10:06) Sorry, when you siad - there is no middle ground for any Christian, it is really black and white" that is what came across
Peter Carr (13/08/2011 10:08)
My understanding of the article relates to our witnessing for The Lord, no matter what sphere of life we are involved with.
Misunderstandings are easy to come by on forums
Editor (13/08/2011 17:44)
What the article is intended to illustrate is that there are times when dilemmas present themselves. And what might be right in one situation may be wrong in another. And how one individual might respond (under God) can be different from how another treats as situation (under God).
Peter Carr (13/08/2011 18:47)
Yes, providing that we always bring in God's perspective, i.e. what God expects from us as His representatives in this day and generation.
I was dismayed to hear the Bishop of London speak on the 4th day of the riots in a very wooly way, not bringing in God's word, name or perspective once!!
Surely the recent events give Christians the opportunity to explain from God's perspective where this once great nation has gone wrong, as we see clearly explained in prophetic message through Lance Lambert.
It seems to me that this word through Lance Lambert is indeed a Word from the Lord. So, as the Lord doesn't speak in wooly terms, then neither should we, as the article points out to the Church/Christians!!
Jenny (13/08/2011 20:12) Well, I know moral philosophers like to dream up elaborate, nonblack/white ethical dilemmas, and their students love debating them.
My hunch is that if things seem that obfuscated to the average Christian in real life, the most likely reason is that we haven't yet managed to clear away the mists of self-deception and self-interest.
God is faithful to his promises. If we use the means he has given us, prayer, godly counsel and the study of his Word, I believe he will always make the right course plain.
Nine times out of ten, his will is much less hard to discern than it may be to do.
Peter Carr (13/08/2011 21:08)
Yes Curlew, you have hit the nail on the head, knowing what we should do and actually doing it is where the rubber hits the road in the Christian life.
Isa 43: 12 "I have revealed and saved and proclaimed"
Do we really take these words seriously, and understand the responsibility that they bring to each of us as Christians - revealed, saved and proclaimed?
Editor (02/08/2012 14:48)
The following report illustrates the difficulty of mixing the 'oil and water' of Christian principles and secular politics -
"A Christian councillor from the Green Party who refused to toe the line on redefining marriage is facing an internal inquiry described by one critic as the “worst kind of totalitarian politics”.
Christina Summers was the only elected member on Brighton and Hove City Council not to vote in favour of lobbying the Government over the issue.
Following her move, an internal party inquiry has been set up – and Cllr Summers has also been subjected to abusive emails from outside the council."
Philip (Guest) (03/08/2012 07:45)
"Following her move, an internal party inquiry has been set up – and Cllr Summers has also been subjected to abusive emails from outside the council."
Welcome to the UK's 2012 version of democracy! The recent undemocratic Scottish govt's consoltation on marriage says it all.
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