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Minister's Monthly Letter - June

Our Life and Witness

Dear friends,

On Sunday afternoon as part of the ‘Church without Walls initiative, we joined with St. Andrews Methodist Church as we walked around Worcester recalling our Methodist Heritage. This event gave interesting insight into early Methodism in Worcester and at the same time an opportunity to share something of our Christian faith with others outside the church.

It was a particular privilege for me to take on the role of Richard Cadbury, a very well-known and widely respected gentleman in the city of Worcester. As I was reading I could not help but notice passers by taking an interest on what was going on and it occurred to me that as Christians we were very much on-show for all to see, we were visible witnesses for the Christian faith. I wondered what people must have thought of us as we talked, prayed and sung around the city centre on this busy Sunday afternoon? I hope they saw the love of Jesus as we let our light shine for all to see!

Just the other day I read this interesting article, “A man is being tailgated by a woman who’s in a hurry. He comes to a junction and when the lights turn yellow he hits the brakes. The woman behind him goes ballistic. She honks her horn, yells profanities and gestures with her finger. As she’s ranting and raving someone taps on her window. To her horror she looks up and sees a policeman. He invites her out of her car and takes her to the station where she’s searched, fingerprinted and put in a cell.

After a couple of hours she’s released and the arresting officer gives her her personal effects and says, “I’m very sorry for the mistake, ma’am. I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn and using ugly gestures and foul language. I noticed the ‘What would Jesus do?’ bumper sticker, and the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow me to Sunday School’ window sign and the peace emblem on your trunk, so I naturally assumed you had stolen the car.” Obviously he was following a Christian who wasn’t doing a very good job at following Christ.

The world gets turned off by people who have Christian bumper stickers on their cars, Christian books on their shelves, Christian stations on their radios and TVs, Christian jewellery around their necks, Christian videos for their kids, Christian magazines for their coffee tables, but who don’t have the life of Jesus in their bones or the love of Jesus in their hearts. What’s the answer? “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”(Matthew 5 verse 16)

It took several years before my family finally succeeded in getting me to put a ‘Christian sticker’ on the back of my car, I knew that I would have difficulty in being a good witness as I often drove a little faster than I should, especially on motorways!

As Christians we are often under the spotlight, there’s always someone watching. DC Talk, a popular Christian band of world renown in the nineties said, “The greatest single cause of Atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their life style, that is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

Friends I pray that we will be ‘salt and light’ and let our ‘light shine before others’ as we seek to live out the lives of the name we profess each day.

Every Blessing

Jon