‘Don’t speak for me’

Marlborough Express - - COMMENT&OPINION -

Dur­ing a re­cent in­ter­view on TV, Pro­fes­sor Lloyd Geer­ing de­clared that there is no God and that faith in God is dead.

Well pro­fes­sor, you don’t speak for me!

I ama New Zealand-born pakeha Chris­tian (a fol­lower of Je­sus Christ), and have been for over 30 years. Look­ing back I can see that God sovereignly worked in my life to bring me to that ini­tial point of com­mit­ment when I ac­knowl­edged God’s re­al­ity and my own des­per­ate need of God. In other words my faith was not self­de­ter­mined. In the same way that peo­ple give gifts, God re­vealed his truth to me and I, in turn, ac­cepted.

That di­vine en­counter has led me on an in­cred­i­bly chal­leng­ing and ful­fill­ing faith jour­ney. God has faith­fully guided me along the way through the bible, prayer, cir­cum­stances, rea­son and the coun­sel of oth­ers. God con­tin­ues to be my com­pass, my leader and my con­stant com­pan­ion today. I have re­ceived pur­pose, hope and peace. God strength­ens me and changes me through prayer. God has given me a vo­ca­tion to serve as a Pres­by­te­rian Min­is­ter – al­though I never would have planned that call­ing. God’s ways are higher than ours and his plans for us are best.

I know that I am­not alone in my ex­pe­ri­ence of God’s en­dur­ing pres­ence and there­fore I ve­he­mently dis­agree with Geer­ing’s as­sump­tions.

Iron­i­cally, Geer­ing still goes to church! Ei­ther that is the height of hypocrisy or per­haps God is hav­ing the last word!

Rev Bren­dan O’Ha­gan


No­body looks at­trac­tive in a mo­tel bathrobe. Even James Bond looks like a prat.

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