Christian Commentwith Gareth Zimmerman, local preacher, St Albans Methodist Church
9:01am Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
I OFTEN wonder who reads this column in the SNJ.
Are you a fellow-Christian seeking areas of agreement with the writer, a member of another faith who finds inspiration from some of the messages, an opponent of all things religious looking for something to ridicule - or none of these?
Certainly there will be something at some time for each of you – including something to criticise!
Christians, from the very first one, our Saviour Jesus Christ, have never been short of critics and detractors, but we all have one thing in common, which we want to share with everyone in one way or another - belief in the afterlife in the company of our Creator.
For us, the alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.
We have something else in common with all humanity as well - we are all imperfect beings!
By sharing their thoughts and experiences, those that contribute to this column hope to engage with others, and to identify with our readers.
In this way, you may be able to see life in a different way.
Are you so busy enjoying life that you don’t give death a second thought, or struggling so much against what life is throwing at you that you just wish you could die, or are you somewhere in between?
Wherever you are, death is inevitable, but how we spend our lives and how we prepare for what comes afterwards should surely be important to all of us.
If you don’t already have one, or if yours is outdated, obtain a Bible and read what God promises.
There are so many versions nowadays catering for various reading tastes, making understanding that much easier.
Pop into the Christian bookshop in town for advice.
Come and see what the different churches have to offer in terms of friendship and style of worship.
You would be welcomed at all of them, and you may be pleasantly surprised at the ordinariness of those attending and leading worship.
There are no entrance requirements, for if there were, most of us would be excluded!
Jesus loves us all, whoever we are!