‘Don’t speak for me’
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.