Friday, 7 August 2015
Calais, Christianity, Migrants, Refugees and Selfishness - A Sermon.
And then this morning the media and twitter were alive with condemnation that BBC Songs of Praise is filming at the camp in Calais. Everyone seems so angry to the BBC is funding this trip and that it's a waste of tax payers money.
Well I am thrilled that the BBC are allowing and enabling this trip and I think they should be fighting back with one big argument - the BBC has a remit to inform and educate - think yourselves informed and educated.
Not only are they going to inform the public about what it is really like to be living in this camp and putting your lives at risk trying to climb onto trains and lorries; but they are going to be showing how despite all the hardship these people keep faith that all will be OK with God's help.
But we have a part to play to make this happen.
God's will needs human action.
The Gospel of Matthew has many greats, but one in particular is on my heart.
The great commandment
Love your neighbour (Matthew 22)
That's the commandment
Love your neighbour
And no, this does not just mean loving your neighbour in the house next door! It means loving everyone in the world who is a neighbour rather than part of your family.
- caring for anyone in need
- fighting for justice for the oppressed
- feeding the hungry and the poor
- giving what we have to help others
- healing those in pain
- praying for those in strife
We are required as disciples of Christ to do this.
So what can we do today, each of us, to love our neighbours in this camp?
I'll be praying and I'm blogging and I'll be sending this to my MP
I wish I could do more but my health doesn't allow.
What will you do?
Will you just keep standing in judgement?
Will you keep pretending it's not really happening?
Or will you love your neighbour?
PS I never preached this, but it felt like a sermon so I thought I'd call it that.