Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

With Rev Si­mon Wearn, Rec­tor, Holy Trin­ity Church IMAG­INE mak­ing the case in your de­fence, or putting your view across to a com­mit­tee. What do you say? If you could ask for help – who would speak for you?

Last week, I sat in on a plan­ning meet­ing – join­ing the pub­lic gallery to ob­serve but not con­trib­ute – and it has left me think­ing hard about how we might put our point across in all man­ner of set­tings.

You may have had a re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence like this at work re­view, or with the coun­cil re­gard­ing ben­e­fits, or even in court. I won­der, how you felt – em­pow­ered or ex­posed?

At the plan­ning meet­ing top­ics cov­ered res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and leisure de­vel­op­ments across the bor­ough. And each item could have a speaker for and against, lim­ited to 3 min­utes – prob­a­bly down to 2 ½ min­utes af­ter in­tro­duc­tions and thank­ing the chair­man for the op­por­tu­nity to speak!

Af­ter any ques­tions and com­ments from coun­cil­lors and com­mit­tee mem­bers, they would vote – for, against or to de­fer. With the re­sult that each plan­ning de­ci­sion had a win­ner and a loser – and af­ter the de­ci­sion was made, peo­ple would leave ei­ther elated or dis­ap­pointed.

I’m not go­ing to com­ment on any of the ap­pli­ca­tions, but it left me won­der­ing: if you had 3 min­utes to make your case ... what would you say?

Imag­ine not that you were sit­ting be­fore a plan­ning com­mit­tee, but be­fore God – how would you make your case to Him? What would you plead, what would you say? Would there be enough time? Would you be un­der­stood?

I think we’d all strug­gle to make our case ad­e­quately – and yet the Bi­ble tells us that God is a fair judge, who even knows what we say be­fore we say it!

Maybe, how­ever, you’d opt for a spokesper­son, on your be­half. If so, who would you choose?

Be­fore God, the Bi­ble holds out hope – ‘But if any­one does sin, we have an ad­vo­cate with the Father, Je­sus Christ the righ­teous.’ (1 John 2v1). We have some­one who will speak for us, even in our faults. And Je­sus who speaks, also died for those faults. It’s not au­to­matic, but it is open to all – to all who ask. So, when we con­sider the great­est court, be­fore God – who will you ask to speak for you?

In our hu­man courts and com­mit­tees – let us pray for those who speak to be heard, and let us also pray for wis­dom for those who made de­ci­sions

And as we con­sider the Di­vine Court – con­sider who will speak for you.

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