In our age Christianity has to fight for its place in the public arena. We do so, not by the methodology of the fanatics who bring shame upon Islam, nor do we mock and ridicule the secularists as they do us, but rather we show them that our God is bigger than their measly understanding of faith or the world. Our God does not need to frighten people into believing or torture and kill them to appease his righteousness; nor does he endow us with some kind of intellectual superiority (or smugness) that we are invited to look down on others with disdain. Rather we are called to serve this world, to bring hope to those who despair, light to those whose lives are enshrouded with darkness, love to those who experience only hate or rejection. It is not easy – Jesus never said it would be, but it has been the way of goodness for 2000 years and whenever the darkness has thought it has won, or evil appeared to triumph we have seen them overcome.
To show our faith is worth believing is to live that faith in the modern context – the way of service which is Christ’s. This way we show that faith is better than fanaticism and nihilism.
God bless you all in this season.