Spiritual Life: Applying Christ’s values to today

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 February 2018


Less than a week after this article is published we shall be remembering

the 66th anniversary of the Queen’s Accession. How different the world was then.

The British Empire had survived the second world war, but life was different, no supermarkets, no professional sport on Sundays and no Sunday trading as we know it today.

It is possible to look backwards in two unhelpful ways, nostalgically through rose tinted glass, seeing what we loved and enjoyed, blanking out the ugly and the unpleasant, or to look back in judgement, viewing the actions and attitudes of times gone bye, with the standards of today. Thus we have calls for buildings to be renamed, and statues to be removed as former benefactors are judged on the standards of today rather than the standards of their day.

What was once considered acceptable language is now considered sexist or racist.

Christians try to follow Jesus Christ.

But if the world has changed dramatically in the 66 years of the reign of Elizabeth ll started, think how much more dramatically it has changed in the nearly 2000 years since Christ lived on earth!

For me, following Christ today, means looking at what his priorities were, how he behaved in his own time on earth, and then asking a very searching question, what does that tell me about how he would want us to live today, in the here and now.

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