a church for all people
Mosaic is a Bible believing church in Leicester.
We want to build a church where everybody is welcomed and accepted, where those who do not know Jesus can ask questions and discover his love for themselves, a church that serves the wider community, cares for the poor and downtrodden and is seen as being a positive influence on the city.
We meet every Sunday at West End Neighbourhood Centre, Leicester from 10.30am. To find our Sunday venue go to Find Us tab.
We are part of Newfrontiers and working in partnership with Catalyst.
Posted by Mosaic Church on 29th June 2016 | Comments: 1 | Read full post
This week has been a week to remember, whatever our political persuasion or our thoughts on Brexit we are likely to be concerned by many things.
I don’t believe that this is the place to discuss views over the referendum but rather I want to quickly look at how we respond to those whose views differ from ours.
One of things that many people have been noticed is a rise in racism and I want to partly address this but actually I want to broaden it out and look at how we should respond to intolerance of all types.
We have such a huge range of examples from this week. There are those who are genuinely racist and want all of those from other nations to leave; we also have those we claim that all leave voters are racist and call them scum; we have those on the left of the Labour party who are looking to eradicate Blairite vermin; we have seen a sitting MP murdered, we have MP’s receiving death threats and Twitter is alive with abuse and threats towards Nigel Farage….so how as Christians how should we respond?
Over the last few months most of us will have seen the Martin Luther King JR quote
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”.
Many of us may well have posted it on social media and yet when our views are challenged it is easy for us to reply to darkness with darkness.
I am sure we all agree that Jesus most have something to say on this, yes He does and I quickly want to look at a familiar passage and try to draw out some lessons.
In Luke 10 we find Jesus being interrogated by an expert in the law about how to inherit eternal life and he gets to the answer of love God and love our neighbour, but after further questioning Jesus brings amazing clarification on what it means to love our neighbour. Jesus tells the story we now call The parable of the Good Samaritan.
There is much we can learn from this story but I want to focus on just a few things and I am sure many wiser people than me maybe able to find even more depth in the story.
Jews vs Samaritans
There was a great deal of hatred between the Jews and the Samaritans, in fact the Jews viewed them almost as the worst human race and had nothing to do with them. There were multiple causes that we don’t need to investigate here.
The hatred would have been very real and have major consequences on every day life, as we discover in John 4:9 - “The Samaritan woman said to him (Jesus), “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)”
Hatred had defined their relationship for many generations and yet Jesus breaks down this barrier as he speaks to the Samaritan woman at the well and choses this tension to show us how to love our neighbour in the Parable.
In the story we see a couple of people pass by and leave the injured man and then suddenly Jesus talks about a Samaritan.
The Samaritan puts aside hatred that has lasted for many generations, he looks past the social implications and he sees a human in great need. He displays outrageous love, he doesn’t worry about the cost to himself and he seeks to serve the injured Jewish man. He goes well beyond the call of duty !!
Outrageous love is costly as we see for the Samaritan.
Loving doesn’t mean agreeing with.
Whilst the Samaritan loves the injured Jewish man, he doesn’t seek to justify who he is or discuss their differences. In other words, there are still fundamental differences with who they are and what they believe, but this doesn’t stop him loving the injured man.
So, what does this look like in today’s Britain? How does this impact the way we interact with people with whom we fundamentally disagree?
My encouragement is that we would be a people who love those whom are from different religions, who have different worldviews, who voted in a way that is different to us, who we believe are racist and we must seek to bring the Kingdom of God into a very broken world.
That doesnt mean we dont ever discuss our differences or condemn unacceptable behaviour, but it should lead us to a place where we can disagree whilst seeking to love other people.