12th April 2018

Daily Reading: 12 April

(from www.christianaid.org.uk)

 

Warning against antichrists.

 

Something to read


 

 

...Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son…

1 John 2: 18-25

 

Something to think about

Today’s set bible passage from the first epistle of John warns repeatedly about ‘the antichrist’ and offers guidance on how we might ‘know the truth’. If we were seeking more contemporary language, would the writer now perhaps counsel people to watch out for ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’?

Of course, truth can be a very subjective concept. So, as people of faith, how do we ‘know’ whether we are living out God’s call in an authentic way? The answer in the epistle is uncompromising. Everyone who confesses Jesus ‘will abide in the Son and in the Father’. Confessing Jesus is so much more than words though. Christian Aid describe it as ‘a call to action’, specifically as we reach out to those closest to God’s heart, namely the poor and the oppressed.

In a world characterised by personal greed and self-interest, the call to care for the weakest and most vulnerable is profoundly counter-cultural. It challenges prevailing understandings of global, market driven economies, which all too often leave behind the powerless. You could therefore describe ‘confessing Jesus’ as a very ‘alternative truth’. But we know the truths which lie at the heart of the gospel are not ‘fake news’ but ‘Good News’ for everyone.

 

Something to do

How do we ‘confess Jesus’ in our everyday lives? Perhaps we could try giving more thought to the items we purchase and the lifestyles we pursue in terms of their impact on others. Simple actions like opting for Fairtrade goods, choosing ethical finance products and going for more environmental means of travel will all help in building the ‘Good News’ of God’s Kingdom.  

 
Climate change: 'for the love of' placard.
 

Something to pray

Lord Jesus Christ, may we confess you in our every action. Help us to live truthfully in the light of your love for all people. Amen.

 

Today’s contributor is the Rev Philip Brooks, the URC’s National Secretary for Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations.


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