Thought for the Week

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The say­ing “Ev­ery day is a school day” has been at­trib­uted to a Wal­ter Young, a 1921 mem­ber of Ro­tary.

I am not a Ro­tar­ian but know at the heart of their phi­los­o­phy is a four­fold test of any ac­tion, thought or word: Is it true, is it fair, will it build good­will, and will it be ben­e­fi­cial to all?

Over re­cent weeks of po­lit­i­cal up­heaval in Europe and USA with spin, claims and later ad­mit­ted lies from public lead­ers, ap­ply­ing this test be­fore speak­ing would have saved much an­guish.

We have, how­ever, be­come used to an en­vi­ron­ment of lies and be­come slaves to the spin.

Gus Speth, an Amer­i­can aca­demic, com­mented“I used to think the top global en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lem(s) was) … cli­mate change ... but I was wrong.

“The top en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems are selfish­ness, greed and ap­a­thy – and to deal with these we need a spir­i­tual and cul­tural trans­for­ma­tion and we sci­en­tists don’t know how to do that.”

Long be­fore 2016, Je­sus squared up the re­li­gious lead­ers of his day and chal­lenged them to face truth, be­cause truth would set them free. ( John 8:32).

For the ben­e­fit of the vul­ner­a­ble, the weak, and in fact ev­ery­one in our com­mu­nity, we need to learn deeply the mean­ing of Je­sus’ words about free­dom.

For those of us who are Christians this in­cludes the ad­mis­sion we have not al­ways got it right and the de­ter­mi­na­tion to now walk with all who love truth that we may to­gether find the free­dom that Je­sus meant.

This is our school day and our home­work. Ken Coul­ter: Church Leader,Ruther­glen Bap­tist Com­mu­nity Church.

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