Salt Shakers Journal Summary June 2007
Editorial (in full below)
Character building- Nation building
News and Action
Stem Cell research update
Why marriage is, and should remain, specifically heterosexual
Taking action on advertisements
The God Delusion and Richard Dawkins
Dalai Lama Visit and Multifaith activities
More multi-faith activiites
More on ‘Global Warming’
USA: Ban on partial birth abortion upheld
USA: Hate Crimes Bill HR 1592
“How do you keep going?” People ask this because it seems we are always being opposed and sadly that is not only by the world but increasingly by our ‘own side’ as standards of morality fall within the church.
There are four main points we can make when answering this question and one of them has become particularly relevant over recent months because if it fails then we simply cannot continue.
Firstly, we know we were called by God to do this.
Many of you may have heard us talk about our three year ‘apprenticeship’. This was the time we spent opposing the introduction of poker machines in our local shopping centre. It was towards the end of this battle, as we were about to lose it, that God’s call was confirmed by our Senior Pastor, Stuart Robinson. When I stated that we thought God was calling us to become more active he said, “Great, I have been praying for three years for someone to say that and I think you are the right couple”. Now you know who to blame - Stuart and God!!!
Secondly, a friend was asked to pray for us in Canberra and he prayed, among other things, “Lord, give Peter and Jenny the ability to laugh at things that aren’t even funny, because they are going to need it.”
How many times have we found ourselves doing just that. Had we not laughed we probably would have cried. Yet too much crying makes you want to give up, so we ‘laugh’, even when we lose.
That brings us to number three: We do not have to win!
Yes, it is nice to win, but God does not call us to win - He calls us to stand. The battle is the Lord’s and win or lose He will be glorified in the end. AND He has already won the final victory.
Why fight then? Because we are fighting for people’s lives - people we mostly don’t even know; for people who may well go to hell but for our seemingly small and insignificant voice giving them hope, showing them there is a better way to live and, most of all, that there is a saviour who died for them to set them free from the bondage of sin.
These are all very positive and they are things we can have some control over because they require a decision of our will to remember them and make things happen.
Number four is completely out of our hands. For nearly 14 years God has sustained this ministry with the one physical commodity no ministry can continue without - Money.
Faith, calling, commitment and laughter can make a big difference but without the ability to pay the bills, we will go under.
For 13 years God has provided - over the last 6 months though we have gone steadily backwards - what is God saying? Is he telling us it is time to stop? Is he simply testing our faith? Is he wanting to see if you, our readers, will tell us you want us to continue and yes, in that well worn phrase, will you “put your money where your mouth is?” All we know right now is that without extra help we cannot keep going,
We want to do what God wants. There is a time and a season. Is our time up?
I’m sure there are some reading this who will say yes. But others tell us we need to keep going. What will you say?
Yours in His Service