Full Circle to Christianity’s ‘faith, hope and love’.

In a world where the usual reassurances are no longer working, where, across the world, confidence in government, education, business and justice systems – even in ourselves – is at an all-time low, more and more people are looking around with searching eyes, hunting for some roots, some solid ground beneath their feet, something – anything – that they can rely on as an ultimate safety net, a better pathway along which to walk into the future and a better way of living for the present.IMG_2204

Is this ‘something’ God? Not the universe, energy, or Nature, but the God of Christianity, the creator of it all? I am increasingly of the conviction that it is.

There is an unwavering hope, wholeness and security in the Christian Faith. With its clear clean message of the ultimate in love, freedom and justice, it is proving yet again to be better than any kitchen or partner update, more reliable than Wikipedia, and more secure than a gated property or any amount of money in the bank.

Built around relevant real-time local worshipping communities, Christianity has consistently invited people to a liberating spiritual surrender of their lives to their Creator – along with a radical review of their current values and attitudes – reaching out to him in humility, faith and commitment.

The result is a profound sideways ‘paradigm’ shift, into a new world and a new way of thinking, where the goals and aspirations of 21st Century living are replaced by much more profound goals and aspirations that cannot be bettered and will last, literally, for ever.

  • Welcome to the experience of a loving and eternal here-and-now God who we can truly connect with and be honestly accountable to.
  • Welcome to the promise of heaven and eternal life awaiting us beyond our physical death.
  • Welcome to a set of uncompromised day-to-day guiding life principles that have been around since the beginning of time and we can surrender to.
  • Welcome to an understanding of the world we live in that takes us beyond the natural worries and concerns of economic growth, survival of the fittest, cancer and redundancy.

Yes, welcome to the faith-filled, hope-filled, and love-filled life of 21st Century Christianity. Signing up has changed the lives of thousands of millions across the world for over two millennia. Some track record, eh?  Agreed, there is a price to pay – the price is simply everything you have, do and are.  Everything.

I’m in.

“I swear to tell … anything but the truth.”

I was in Court this week, in the dock – the same day that the report on the Hillsborough disaster was made public. The traffic officer was determined to have me well and truly ‘done’, and I was.  I realised it was pragmatic to plead guilty, as my solicitor explained that I couldn’t prove that the officer’s statement bore little resemblance to what happened on the road that day and I would be punished further for disagreeing with his version regardless of the truth because the Law is heavily weighted in favour of its own, and that there is no point in fighting a battle you can’t win. It gave me the tiniest glimpse, a fleeting shadow, the merest hint, of what the relatives of the dead at Hillsborough have had to move through for 23 years.

Institutional power seeking to defend itself and coldly crushing any opposition. Police ready to lie, bully, doctor statements, threaten its own honest officers – yes, there are some out there somewhere – and shifting the blame to the defenceless and the dead. Senior police officers. Beat policemen. Civic leaders. Lawyers. Politicians. And even a judge it seems. Corrupt. (And now ‘wholeheartedly’ apologising on television, hoping to curry our favour and forgiveness.)

I am in awe of the Hillsborough people as they have taken on this corruption. I wish I had their courage and strength, but I don’t. They have shown that sometimes truth can be made to prevail in dark places, but it has to be fought for tooth and nail, against seemingly overwhelming odds. They have shown awesome courage, awesome determination, awesome dignity, and have each paid a massive personal price to fight that overwhelming destructive power so that truth can prevail.

They have shown me an example I want to follow, and I’m right behind their concern that those who have so blatantly attempted (and succeeded for 23 years) to pervert the course of justice are now brought to trial and thoroughly punished. I so badly hope they are. I’m under no delusion that my sense of personal injustice is more than dust on the scales compared to that of those across the world who are in prison for life, shot, wounded, deprived, robbed, persecuted and abused because of corruption in high and not so high places.

The thought that our institutions are regarded as ‘the best in the world’ sends a shudder down my spine as I find how low they have sunk, and leaves me with a couple of disturbing questions:  1) “What can I do about it?” and 2) … “Am I prepared to pay the price?”

The first answer is that I’m not sure I want to know.

The second answer… well, I’m working on it, but right now, to say yes would be ‘anything but the truth.’