Editorial – April 2015

An inclusive Christian community in Auckland, New Zealand

Editorial – April 2015

Editorial

In what ways may the presence of agape love transform our Community?

An editorial February Café Church retrospective

While this table topic was specifically directed at members of our congregation it has wider application into the communities we serve. In disseminating the written responses of participants in the discussion I came across the following thought and action provoking suggestions:

 

  • Pick up others who need a ride
  • Lift up those who have fallen
  • Show care and consideration
  • Give a little more
  • Engage in acts of kindness
  • Put the needs of others first
  • Be perceptive of real needs
  • Keep looking outwards
  • Move outside your comfort zone
  • Be prepared to embrace strangers
  • Act without expecting recognition or reward
  • Provide a safe environment
  • Listen more than talking
  • Volunteer time and practical assistance
  • Remember to acknowledge acts of kindness
  • Always act with consideration and empathy
  • Show respect with thoughtfulness
  • Willingness to assume voluntary office
  • Be unselfish and sharing
  • To help others be always willing to step up
  • Accept and embrace diversity in thought and action
  • Compliment achievers regardless of rank and rating
  • Offer help without being asked
  • Being sensitive to other persons’ problems
  • Recognise and welcome new neighbours
  • Being there when called for support
  • Accept without prejudice
  • Show compassion in bereavement and distress
  • Forgive and forget

 

It is encouraging to see these inherent Christian principles embedded in our congregation.

However knowing what is good and proper does not always translate into practical application. There are many examples of this. Smokers who acknowledge that their habit is health damaging, people who live beyond their means with the acquisition of non-essential items very well knowing that thrift would be a better lifestyle choice, and so it goes on.

Making the conscious choice in defiance of ingrained habit is a too hard call for many. In the end it comes down to do a conscious effort that becomes a practice to do to others as you would like them to do to you.

There is a practical side to believing what is good and proper in human relations that finds expression in the Ten Commandments of Pope Francis, which state:

  1. Live and let live
  2. Be giving of yourself to others
  3. Proceed calmly in life
  4. Maintain a healthy sense of leisure
  5. Sundays should be holydays
  6. Find innovative ways to create jobs for young people
  7. Respect and take care of nature
  8. Stop being negative
  9. Do not proselytise; respect the beliefs of others
  10. Work for peace

I leave you with these thoughts: go forth to do good in your care for and relationship with other human beings, the environment we live in and all other creatures’ great and small.

Ralph