In John verse 9, Jesus meets a man who has been blind since birth. This man has never seen the light, he doesn’t even know what he has missed. He is a blind beggar, unable to do anything useful. This man is dependent on the world around him for charity and scraps. Do you recognize this man?
It is always a joy to speak to young people about sharing the Good News and when I was asked by Honest to come and talk at his church, I jumped at the chance.
When I was confronted with this direct, yet simple, question I had to think deeply. What is it about being accused of lying that unsettles us so much? Surely we all tell lies? I can’t believe that there is a person I know who hasn’t told a lie and if that is so, how can a lie be as bad as adultery and murder?
Along the route that I drive home each day is a permanent speed trap. The speed limit is 60 Km/h and the trap has been neatly placed at the bottom of a hill to ensure as many unsuspecting victims as possible are caught.
In 1994 South Africans elected a new Government, Nelson Mandela became the President, The evil of apartheid ended and everything seemed to be new, positive and optimistic. Twenty five years later and nothing could be further from the truth. It is very difficult to find anything to be optimistic about.