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At this week’s Community Safety Popup Meeting in Oak Flats, Sergeant Jason Harrison asked me how safe we felt in our church.
I chatted with him about some of our minor safety concerns, from graffiti through to isolated incidents of domestic violence.
Yet overall we agreed that Oak Flats is a suburb in which we can largely feel safe from the effects of crime.
We rightly discussed our physical safety, but in the end it’s our spiritual safety that really matters most.
It reminds me of the words that Jesus said in Luke’s Gospel:
“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” (Luke 12:4-5)
And yet straight after that warning, Jesus shared these words of hope:
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7)
Even when it comes to community policing, we must never lose an ‘eternal perspective’ on this life and the next.
Gone are the days when Facebook feeds were full of cat videos and family selfies.
These days we’re more likely to see videos with beheadings and war crimes.
More than ever it’s important for us to be careful with what we watch online.
After all, it’s impossible to “un see” the graphic content posted on these websites.
What’s more, when we experience the shock of these videos, we only empower the people who try and manipulate the world through horror.
It’s good to be informed so we can pray, remembering to “…not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
But when watching things online we should also bear in mind the words that the Apostle Paul wrote in the verses that followed: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)