Prayer Blog – March 2016 – 01

2f3ccdee158bbce0edfefe71e1fc37e6Is God Bothered?

Is God Bothered? Is he bothered at all about the things that we humans get up to? Does he really care if we stay in the E.U. or ‘Brexit’, as the saying goes these days? Is God really bothered about who wins the Scottish League Cup this Sunday? There are a lot of people here in Ross-shire who would love to believe that he is and that he wants Ross County to win. But is he really bothered? Well those questions are valid if you have been following the news, national and local, recently.

First of all this business of the E.U. referendum. Throughout the past week the press have implied that various people have attempted to put their mark on what way we should vote. A couple of days ago the Sun newspaper carried the headline that the Queen supported a Brexit, something that the Palace was very quick to come out and deny. Just prior to that there were allegations that the Governor of the Bank of England was scaremongering over a Brexit but again this has been denied. However, to cap it all, the Archbishop of Canterbury got in on the act as he posed the question; is God really bothered? Again, his mention of ‘fear as a valid response’ caused an outcry of pro-European support. Wink, wink!

It’s all good for selling newspapers and keeping us entertained but there is a serious side to all of this. Perhaps fear really is a valid response whatever the outcome. Of course there will always be fears regards the unknown when it comes to the national and the global economy. However, much of Justin Welby’s comments went un-noticed as he addressed the current migration of people from places like Syria into Western Europe. On that subject he said:

“This is one of the greatest movements of people in human history. Just enormous. And to be anxious about that is very reasonable.”[1]

He then went on to comment how Britain had pledged to take in 20,000 refugees, over several years, yet; he had recently been in Berlin and seen first-hand how Germany had taken in 1.1 million just last year. And the way that people were being treated was far superior to the treatment given by other nations, Britain included. So, is God bothered?

I believe that God really is bothered about people. In fact, I think that he is very bothered about people. Not about which political party we support or maybe even if we are in or out of Europe. But if we ignore, or turn our backs on, millions of genuine refugees and say that we are not bothered then I think God will be bothered. He will be bothered that we are not bothered. After all God sent his people into exile precisely for not being bothered about the poor of the land. The prophet Amos said that God was unimpressed by fancy ritual and shallow worship, rather:

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! (Amos 5:24)

I think Justin Welby was right when he said “I don’t think there is one correct Christian view, one way or the other. You can’t say ‘God says you must vote this way or that way’.” But that is not to say that we should not be bothered. Bothered about those who are affected by our vote or that we should vote with self-preservation in mind. So God will be bothered – if we are not bothered.

So what about the football then? Is God bothered about that? Surely, he must be a County fan? Sunday will tell!

Prayers for Justice – Because God Cares for Justice

God of compassion
whose own son experienced life as a refugee
we remember those fleeing from danger,
hungry and afraid, with nowehere to call home.
God, we ask for them warmth, security, food and peace.

God of hope,
we thank you for those who are working to bring relief and
comfort to those displaced,
showing glimpses of grace in the darkness of despair.
God, give them strength.

God of justice,
guide the nations and the leaders of the world towards peace
stir hearts to be generous and compassionate.
God, help us to play our part in bringing about the change
that we want to see.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.


[2]From the Diocese of Exeter:

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