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Remaining faithful in a situation of crisis and hopelessness
December 07, 2008
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On Sunday evening the
7th December I spoke at my old church from my University of Cape
Town days, Christ Church in Kenilworth, Cape Town, on the topic
"Remaining faithful in a situation of crisis and hopelessness".
I was asked to speak
by Christ Church-s Minister-in-charge Duncan McLea in the
context of the terrible suffering being endured by so many Zimbabweans
at this time. This suffering comes in the wake of what I call the
"perfect humanitarian storm" - the unique and
unprecedented convergence of Aids, poverty, malnutrition, a regime
that doesn-t care and which deliberately underplays the seriousness
of the situation, and - now on top of it all - cholera.
What is the role of the
church and people of faith in this situation? That is what I sought
The following verses
in 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 formed the basis of the sermon:
each one of you should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned
to him and to which God has called him. This is the rule I lay down
in all the churches. Was a man already circumcised when he was called?
He should not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision
is nothing. Keeping God-s commands is what counts. Each one
should remain in the situation he was in when God called him. Were
you a slave when you were called? Don-t let that trouble you
- although if you gain your freedom, do so. For he who was
called by the Lord is the Lord-s freedman; similarly, he who
was a free man when he was called is Christ-s slave. You were
brought at a price; do not become slaves of men. Brothers, each
man, as responsible to God should remain in the situation God called
Date: December 07, 2008
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