My God can cope with immigration.
He chose Ruth, a Moabite woman from outside of Israel to be the great grandmother of King David. (The Book of Ruth). “You are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, …there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”. Gal. 3: 26-28.
My God can cope with unemployment and fair pay.
Jesus told the story of the landowner who went out three times in a day to hire workers for his vineyard, hiring those who had not been able to find work and paying them what was a full day’s pay, a living wage. Matthew 20: 1-16. “Scripture says…the worker deserves his wages.” I Tim. 5: 18, Deut. 25:4.
My God can cope with people’s wrong decisions.
The parable of the son who took his inheritance, squandered it and returned to his father to work as a servant but was welcomed as a son. Luke 15: 11-32. The parable of the disobedient son who changed his mind and the son who said yes when he really meant no. Matthew 21: 28-32.
My God can cope with hypocrisy.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3: 23.
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us”. I John 1: 8-9.
My God can accept people for what they are.
Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery, “neither do I condemn you, go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8: 11.
Peter the disciple who denied knowing Jesus three times is welcomed back and becomes one of the leaders of the early Church. John 21: 15-19, Acts 2: 14-41.
My God can change people’s lives.
Zacchaeus, the tax collector said, “Lord! Here and now I give half of all my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Luke 19: 8
The Reverend Canon Donald Lawton