It seems that my thoughts and comments on today’s Royal Wedding have caused offense to at least one person and so I thought I’d take the time to sit down and write more fully what I believe has happened today. Here is the FB post if you have not seen it. “It was fantastic. The royal wedding allowed the Trinity to be preached to billions. The lusty singing of Jerusalem was just what this country needs. Let’s put the Great back in Great Britain, Father Son and Holy Ghost on the throne and Britannia back on the coinage. If the secular humanists, atheists, anti-royalists and the like are not happy well I am not sorry. I believe in God as I know the Queen does and I believe in the British monarchy as an institution that is respected and honoured all around the world. I believe that this country will truly prosper only when it returns to its Christian roots. The people will follow what the leaders do and as far as I am concerned even if their authority is only symbolic the monarch is the highest spiritual authority in the land. God save the Queen.
I was thinking about the mechanics of the Alpha Course preparing for week 5 at our church in Hindley Green. It may seem obvious but I have been missing it for 25 years so maybe it will help you too. Nicky Gumble was truly inspired when he put the course and all its materials together and I am sure that neither he nor the One who inspired him will mind us borrowing a few lessons from it to use in other areas of life. People come out with all kinds of statements about Christianity without really having thought them through. It’s a crutch, its blind faith, there is no real history to support what he is saying.
It is too easy to accept and believe that kind of throw away statement even though they usually come from people who know very little but behave as if they know a lot. It may be a little harder to stop the bus and decide to find out for yourself but the dividends can be enormous. Just the great feeling of liberty at having broken out of the bondage of other peoples opinions makes it worth the effort.
Back to Alpha as the example. Building up the information from reliable sources and not hearsay, line upon line, precept upon precept Nicky gives a foundation not for learning by rote but for true understanding. A decision based on all the facts and not somebody else’s prejudice is a good decision, even if there could have been a better one at least you can say you took responsibility and all are therefore entitled to all the blessings that come out of it.