Who really was Fidel Castro? A liberator, a freedom fighter, a man who brought hope to his people! Or a wicked despot who made the lives of many miserable at best, and at worst was accused of murder and mayhem!
After losing two elections on a trot, and after that controversial outburst, ‘ not afraid of anyone’ ( to put it more delicately), which a senior member of her party, and an equally controversial figure, Lisa Hanna, claims was a ‘ turn off’ for potential and long standing supporters of the Opposition PNP, is it time for PSM, Portia Simpson Miller, the President of the party, to go.
Or has her record of sacrificial work, with some distinction, including being the first woman to become Prime Minister, and the continued love for her by the poor and disenfranchised, earned her another chance to lead the party for the next five years in opposition?
Will Donald Trump…..will ISIS….and how dare the popular Yellow Pages, which comes into our home and seen by the entire family, attempt to ‘ push the envelope ‘ by adorning the latest edition with a racy dance hall scene.
Phone book backlash – Church lobby forces Yellow Pages to find alternative scene for directory cover https://t.co/mfCqSsgQAk
These are some of the issues occupying the minds of folks in today’s troubled world .
Then, in a book written the now famous New York Times best selling author Rev. Timothy Keller, ” Encounters with Jesus”, I read this last night:
” Several years ago, I wrote a book called The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. As a pastor in New York city for many years ( His Presbyterian Church is 5000 strong – at morning worship ), I’ve always appreciated skeptics’ arguments and the invaluable role they play in defining what is unique about Christianity…….
So I was delighted to be asked to speak for five nights to students- most of them skeptics- in Oxford Town Hall in Oxford, England, in 2012. We agreed that I would explore encounters that individuals had with Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John……..
As I prepared to give the talks, it struck me that these encounters were apropos for another reason. In many of them we see Jesus addressing the big, universal, ” meaning of life” questions.
What is the world for? What’s wrong with it? What ( if anything) can make it right. How can we be a part of making it right? And where should we look for answers to these questions in the first place?
These are the big questions that everyone must ask – and that honest skeptics are particularly keen to explore.”
But before I read Keller last night, it is amazing how God works, ever since I read the OT lesson appointed for Sunday coming, in my Church, the second Sunday in Advent, I’ve been struck by the fact that all children of God have been given all we need to answer the ” big questions ” of life about which Keller writes. And no doubt deserve more in depth reflections, not necessarily instead of, but certainly, in addition to, questuons about Castro’s legacy, Portia Simpson Miller’s future, and Donald Trump’s plans.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord —
Isaiah 11:1-2 NIV
In these troubled and confusing times then, when murder most foul continues to rear it’s ugly head in Jamaica, when ISIS continues to cause mayhem in Iraq and Syria and in the USA last week, when immorality threatens to take over in the very sanctity of our homes, we need to reflect on the Revelation from God through Isaiah; that in Christ, ‘ The shoot of Jesse’, God has given us everything we need to serve Him. And answer the big questions of life, with humility, but with certainly.
For in Christ we have ‘ wisdom and understanding, the gifts of counsel and power, and the knowledge and fear of God. And that’s we need.
A reality that is a central message of the hugely, almost wrote a Trumpism, ‘ bigly ‘, popular song by
Sinach….all I require for life God has given for I know who I am….
I pray God this Advent and this Christmas we will all accept this free gift of Salvation from Christ. So that in 2017 together we can begin to tackle some of the really ‘ big questions of life”. And truly make a dent in the murder rate, drive down teenage pregnancy, put an end to violence against women #EmilyShields on #rjr94fm today, and really help to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.
All of this achievable becuase ” we are part of the chosen generation “.
Won’t you join us by accepting Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
Turn up the volume then, and put on your dancing shoes, as you watch this remarkably video.