Our inactions can betray us
One of the many narratives surround the Passion of Christ is the story of Peter, and how he doesn’t act, in that he doesn’t tell anyone that he is a follower of Jesus. The good news for Peter was that this meant that by his inaction, he wasn’t also subject to any punishment from the authorities, but we also know his response when he realises what he had (hadn’t) done.
 
And this idea led me to think – what do our own inactions say about us.
 
I think about our own government, and their inaction to do anything regarding the continued unfolding events in Myanmar as hundreds upon hundreds of people, including 43 CHILDREN are being killed by a military junta.
 
I think of the continued inaction of so many governments around the world to actually combat climate change by reducing emissions.
 
There is the continued inaction of so many countries in regards to ensuring that COVID-19 Vaccines will be distributed to all people all around the world, by not ensuring the technology is at a price above what developing countries can afford.
 
But what about us. What does our inaction say about us?
 
When we see someone in need, and we don’t help. When we don’t make the phone call, or don’t send that email, text message or social media post. When we fail to share God’s message of life, forgiveness and salvation to provide hope to others?
 
The good news is that regardless of our inaction, Jesus’ action means that we are forgiven. Some of the words we often use in our confession are to ask God for his forgiveness ‘for what we fail to do’. God forgives that, but I find a challenge in there. To not be someone of inaction, but to be someone of action.
 
What action might God be calling you to do today, this week?
 
Pastor Ben

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