- Who we are
- What we do
The conviction this week of Rolf Harris for multiple cases of sexual assault is tragic for many reasons.
Above all, it is a tragedy for the girls he indecently assaulted.
We should pray for them and for all victims of sexual abuse, as they seek to recover and rebuild their shattered lives.
Yet the sins of Rolf Harris impact all of us as we feel the ripples of his abuse of trust.
As an Officer of the Order of Australia, and a much-loved Aussie icon, we expected him to act lawfully and respectfully towards women and children.
Yet in the midst of this abuse we must be reminded again of the real impact of the real hope in the real Jesus.
There is hope for victims, knowing that God will deal justly with those who have harmed them and their loved ones.
And there is hope in knowing that God promises eternal life without sadness and suffering for all who trust in the real Jesus.
Let us pray for healing and hope for those who are hurting.
Come Lord Jesus, come.
At the end of last week’s Bible talk, I read a famous poem by Charles Studd, a British missionary and international cricketer. According to Wikipedia:
“As a cricketer he played for England in the 1882 match won by Australia which was the origins of The Ashes. As a British Protestant Christian missionary to China he was part of the Cambridge Seven, and later was responsible for setting up the Heart of Africa Mission which became the Worldwide Evangelisation Crusade (now WEC International).”
He was a man with a great passion for seeing the world evangelised for Jesus, and did this at his own personal cost.
As requested by a number of people on Sunday, here is a link to the poem for which he is so famous: http://hockleys.org/2009/05/quote-only-one-life-twill-soon-be-past-poem/
Here is the final verse of this great poem:
Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say,”Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last. ”