I like Rujard Kiplings poem “IF” first line is ‘If you can keep your head when everyone else is loosing theirs’. A wonderful picture of not being swayed around with every prevailing wind and tossed around on the changing seas of public opinion.
Yesterday I watched the most remarkable House of Commons maiden speech I have ever heard from their youngest MP, . Worth checking out. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YiP0pDWHYLw
In it she quotes Tony Benns classic quote about weathercocks and sign posts, where spin around around pointing whatever direction the wind is blowing… signposts stand firm and true.
How often are we as Christians more like weathercock than sign posts?
Interestingly I was at chapter yesterday and their was talk about the courage to be in a Church community trying to tell a different, bigger more Kingdom story… Easy to sell out, go native, adapt and compromise to buy into the lie that this is all there is and we are just a funeral chaplaincy service to the last generation of Christendom who are.
Let us be (despite the discouragement sat times)people who are signposts of hope, continually pointing people to the bigger, more beautiful Kingdom of God with the treasures of transformation and life rather that spinning around and around directionlessly.
We talked about prayer, and a great quote from Chris, the new curate at Bradley Stoke, about “Needing to pray in the pray-ers” and “living differently knowing that it makes a difference”, being a signpost not a weathercock…
The challenge, even when no one else is doing it, even when you are shouted down and maybe even laughed at and mocked, let’s be people of integrity who stand firm for Christ.
Paul in his letter to the Church at Ephesus (ch 6) talks about the armour of Christ before urging them to ‘stand firm’ –after all you can have all the armour and still turn and run from the battle.
In Ezekial 22,, God talks about finding someone to stand in the Gap (for prayer and intercession) but found no one. Even if it is just you, do it alone.
CT Studd once famously said that “he would live for Jesus even if no one else would”. The call to be faithful at times is sometimes a call to a really lonely place.