Thoughts during Lockdown from Ian Ross

During this lockdown we have celebrated, amongst other dates, Ascension and Pentecost – a period of 11 days which has been used to promote ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ - a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.

We were encouraged during these 11 days:

To deepen our own relationship with Jesus Christ

Pray for five friends or family to come to faith in Jesus

Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness

But why should I pray for my friends or family to come to know Jesus?

In what way is that a benefit to them?

Is it not more important that we come to know ourselves??

During this lockdown we have all became aware of the service given by members of all faiths and none in offering medical and personal support to those suffering directly and indirectly from Covid-19. Our health and wellbeing have been in the hands of Moslems, Jews, Buddhists, atheists and others who share a passion to restore health to the sick.

I rejoice in their skill and dedication. I rejoice that through them I see compassion and love at work. I rejoice that through their service I am able to deepen my own understanding of what it is to be human. I am enriched by people of others faiths and none. I have no desire to try to convert. In the gospels I read of Jesus who healed and restored people – even if they were of another faith – but who never tried to convert.

When in the 1970’s I was a teacher of religious studies in a school that had a significant number of boys of the Jewish faith and a small number of the Islamic faith I would say to them ‘my aim is to help you be better at being a Christian, Jew, Moslem,……. I am not here to convert you’

 

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