God’s Purpose Will Prevail

The result of the plebiscite was not a surprise for me when 61.6% voted in favour and 38.4% against ‘same sex marriage’. All participants for and against did so for a variety of reasons which will be for them valid ones. For Christians however, the bigger issue (and long term one), will be to come grips with the reality that the opinion of Christians is no longer valued by the society we are part of and that it will not necessarily support our aspirations or values. We are often viewed in a negative light and find ourselves on the margins of society. We now live in what is termed ‘a post-Christendom era’ and have much in common with the Church of the first four centuries and in particular, the situation which the 1st letter by Peter addresses.
However, this week’s ‘Prayer of the Week’ follows and is quite apt given the result of the plebiscite. It reminds us that God’s sovereign purpose will ultimately prevail and this encourages us to shift our attention to the calling the church has been given to preach the gospel, make disciples, mentor and train leaders, and to teach and encourage congregations so they can intelligently engage with their neighbours and express in practical ways, the love of Christ so they are seen and heard as ‘good news’. The Prayer of the Week follows:
Almighty God, whose sovereign purpose none can make void: give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, knowing that your kingdom shall come and your will be done, to your eternal glory: through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
(A Prayer Book for Australia: Prayer of the Week, Sunday between 13-19 November, p. 603)

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