Friday, 19 June 2009

I was a stranger and...

"I was a stranger and..." is the title for a united service that will be held this Sunday evening. The actions of a small group of racists in this area of Belfast has to be stopped. Edmund Burke wrote: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing".

So the Christians in South Belfast are joining to reflect on Jesus' words from Matthew's Gospel. "I was a stranger and...".

Fitzroy Presbyterian Church is hosting the gathering at 7.00 pm on Sunday 21st June. The preacher will be the Rev Mr Ken Newell.

Many people will have other plans (I'm preaching at a CMS commissioning service, for example) but if you are free...then it would be good to stand in solidarity against these unacceptable racist attacks.

The poem I quoted yesterday from Chris Tracey is worth looking for again - just go to the archives of older posts.

We cannot allow Belfast to become a place where Christian standards are forgotten. Nor can we forget the generations all over the world who allowed the Irish to move into their countries. The time to stand up for what is right is now.

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