Living the Christian Life, Not Just Talking About it

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Many American Christians do not realize the irony in singing praise songs about the Holy Spirit leading them to love without borders and then refusing help to refugees. Christianity in Western culture has taken a turn toward claiming to live like Christ, but in practice, they do no such thing. The basic tenants of the Bible instruct followers to help the poor, downtrodden, mistreated, and the sick.

A large number of American Christians have supported legislation that does the opposite by rejecting refugees and refusing to help immigrants. Social services for the poor have been cut and the sick do not get the help they need. Recent American government officials, with the support of so-called Christians, has promoted inequality and prejudice and increased fear of anyone who is culturally different.

Loving your neighbor as yourself is explicitly stated in the Gospel, yet modern Christians have chosen to use their political power to hurt the poor, the immigrants, women, foreigners, and the LGBTQ community. If they are not loving these neighbors, then they are not living Christianity, only talking about it. Protecting self-interests has become the norm, instead of selflessly loving others and putting Christ first in all things. This is most evident in the election of President Donald Trump. Control and power have taken the place of humility and service to others. Love, joy, peace, and happiness as blatantly missing from the current administration’s legislation involving health care for the poor, or aid to refugees.

In Matthew 25:35 the Bible clearly states, “For I was hungry and you gave food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” The majority of American Christians have disregarded this verse in regards to political policies. The Trump administration may cite political, economic, financial and safety reasons for its fear-inducing legislation, but these measures are clearly not based on the Gospel. Yet, modern American Christians have continually supported these politicians while claiming to follow Christ. Following Christ means you give up all your valuables and fears and rely on Him. This has been forgotten and Jesus has been abandoned in practice. The early church understood these precepts when they stood up to their Roman oppressors even to the point of being martyrs. They chose to serve Christ, not the ruling government.

They were persecuted to the point of execution, yet they kept Christ in the center of their ministry. When will modern American Christians learn to put Christ in the center of their lives instead of just talking about it?

Christmas and New Year Programme 2006–2007

3rd Dec 06 4th Sunday before Christmas Holy Communion Service 9:30 a.m.
10th Dec 06 3rd Sunday before Christmas Matins Service (W.F.C.S. Felloship Lunch I/C Capt & Mrs. H. Joab) 10:00 a.m.
17th Dec 06 2nd Sunday before Christmas (a) Carol Service
I/C Mr. Andrew W. Peoples (Church Organist)
Choir
Mr. R. Titus, Mr. & Mrs. A. Bhattacharji, Mr. & Mrs. A. V. Liddle Mrs. C. Jain, Mrs. Jennyfer Kumar(b) Christmas Nativity Play
I/C Mrs. V. Peoples, Ms. S. Chandekar, Ms. Anvita Edwards, Mr. Adriel V. Samuel

(c) Games and Sports at Church compound
I/C Mr. & Mrs. A. Edwards, Mr. & Mrs. A. Joel

(d) Christmas Lunch
I/C Capt. & Mrs. H. Joab

10:00 a.m.
21st Dec 06
22nd Dec 06
23rd Dec 06
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
House to house carolling. All to assemble at St. John’s Sr. Sec. School.
I/C Mr. & Mrs. A. Joel, Mr. & Mrs. A. Edwards
06:00 p.m.
24th Dec 06 Sunday before Christmas (a) Christingle Service New
A special service, to explain to children the meaning of Christmas and Jesus Christ as the light of the world.
I/C Mr. Andrew W. Peoples(b) Brunch
I/C Mrs. C. Jain, Mrs. Pamela Peoples
10:00 a.m.
25th Dec 06 Christmas Day Christmas Day Holy Communion & Thanks giving service (Rev. Peter Baldev)
Tea and Refreshments
I/C W.F.C.S.
10:00 a.m.
26th Dec 06 Boxing Day United Christmas procession:
From St. Thomas Girls Inter College to St. Joseph’s Church
01:00 p.m.
31st Dec 06 New Year’s Eve Holy Communion Service
Parish Club function and lunch at Church compound
I/C Mr. & Mrs. A. Edwards
10:00 a.m.
1st Jan 07 New Year Day New Year’s Holy Communion & Thanks giving service (Rev. Peter Baldev)
Tea & Refreshments
I/C Pastorate Committee
10:00 a.m.
Note
1. The Presbyter Incharge will gladly arrange for private Holy Communion for the sick and infirm, if informed well in time.
2. Flowers and flower pots will be received with great appreciation for church decoration on special services.
3. All subscription and related arrears to be cleared by December 2006.
4. Any changes in this programme will be announced in the church.May the Peace and Happiness of Christmas be yours today and every day.
Best wishes for a Happy and Blessed Year 2007
Mr. A. Joel
Secretary
Col. John I. Peoples
Treasurer