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On Wednesday night, SBS TV aired the show ‘Living with the enemy’, in which Glenquarie Anglican minister David Ould hosted a gay couple for five days, after which he then lived in their world for a further five days.
In this reality TV show, the two opposing parties tried to help their opponent understand their view of marriage.
David had some good opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus with his opponents and with the television viewers.
But the best thing about the show was the opportunity to demonstrate truthful, loving interaction with those who oppose the Biblical viewpoint.
At one stage, David is asked by one of the homosexual men whether Jesus would offer congratulations to the couple if he attended a gay wedding ceremony.
David replied by saying that “Jesus goes to many, many, people who he disagrees with. And he loves them profoundly. And he calls them to change.”
Let’s pray that we too might follow David’s example of engaging with our world as he himself seeks to model himself on Jesus.
[Updated to correct facts about the question relating to the question about the gay wedding ceremony and to clarify re: the hosting arrangements David provided]
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.