Friday, April 07, 2006

An open letter to a critic...

I recently found out :: second hand :: that Olly and I have been criticised for "changing". Seemingly, we are not the people we used to be.

At first, this really upset me... but then I took time to consider the comment and I am actually reassured by it. Let me explain...

The person who made the comment sees assurance in being the same :: the same as he has always been... and the same as his peers. His view of church is middle-aged, middle-class and mediocre with every event being the same as every other. Spiritual growth is a non-starter unless it to protect his worldview or allows him to continue to gloat like a Pharisee.

I see no glory in staying the same... Water that doesn't move becomes stagnant. We need to continually grow and develop... keep moving forward or we, too, become stale and stagnant.

We have changed... In the last 6 months or so, we have grown more confident in our actions... more assured in our vision. I believe we are more loving and more accepting. I haven't engaged with anyone differently... certainly not differently in any negative manner.

In addition, we are guided to continually renew our minds ::
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Romans 12:2 (New International Version)

Church is changing... New expressions are emerging... People are changing... If you are not prepared for evolution then get ready for revolution... Change comes either with your approval or not. We must continually renew our thinking... continually evaluate our thoughts and our actions... ensuring that love is central to our thinking. Not selfish self-gratification or protectionism.

So I am assured that both Olly and myself have changed and continue to change... and are moving in the right direction to face such protectionist criticism.


Anonymous said...

Go on yourself my boy, shout it from the highest, tell everyone that you are changing, because you are making people notice the change that God is making in your lives.

humfer said...

I am glad that people are noticing a change in you and Olwyn. Some people think that when they become Christians they can stay the same, the only change being that they now go to church on Sunday. You and Olwyn are a great example of what can be done when you allow the Holy Spirit into your life and let it lead you.
I applaud you both for the changes you are bringing to Bellshill, its long overdue.
k x

ps. Will email you the new movie night program once have confimed it tomorrow. The Passion is showing on Friday 14th April.

Matthew Bennett said...

I recall the words sang by Olwyn the night I got saved at music school (Aug 1995) and the same year I responded to the Lord's calling me to officership (Oct 1995)-

'Lord, I want to make a difference, I want to see things change, Jesus, my Lord, be patient with me, Please take me on at any cost, I want to pay the price, Jesus, my Lord'

Ive changed since then, Im still changing, Im challenging others to be changed, some longer in tooth than others, but still need to be changed in many ways that centre on Jesus as well as being challenged on methods and matters.

We're challenged to go and change the world - so be it - Olwyn and you are a part of that -

God Bless, Matthew.


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