We live in a messy complex world, one where it can be hard at times to figure out right from wrong. Everybody has a say on what the ‘right’ looks like. Each person has a say on what decisions must be made in order to bring about a better future. Yet on closer inspection we see that we all come at it from differing angles. We each use different cues and starting points for determining ‘right’. As Christians we recognise that decisions can be complex and not all issues are easy. We know the Bible doesn’t always provide a bunch of references that speak directly to today’s current ethical knots (e.g., climate change, or stem cell research). However, we are not left entangled. God’s Word has much to say about God’s Character, the structure of his creation, the story the world is part of, and the future the world is heading towards. Looking at all these aspects together help us make steps in the right direction. When we observe Jesus we see that he brings all these elements into sharp focus. It is exciting to see that not only is Jesus never entangled by the mess, but he builds a community of people who can start to move forward – to untangle – an find real answers that make for a better future. With Jesus we can participate in the fullest experience of what it is to be human.
You’re welcome to join us at church each Sunday for this series as we look at: drugs & alchohol, what makes a family, global poverty, bio-ethics, politics, and other curly topics. You can also catch audio posted here.
Talk 1 – Family Untangled
What is a family these days? There