The Congregation of Livingston have spoken.
Aleppo’s New Aid Appeal, Good Samaritans Offering Sanctuary and Benefits Caps in Britain…
Good samaritans come in all shapes and sizes.
Although Livingston Green may often feel like it’s far removed from the troubles and issues of the modern day world, we are not completely ignorant. We have internet connections and we do use them!
Over the course of the last few months, there has been an increasing amount of discussion of topical matters in our Church Services. It appears that our congregation have been galvanised by the current political climate, so we thought it would be a good idea to get some of these opinions out in the open.
There may well be a precedent set for keeping Religion and Politics separate, but we’re a liberal bunch and believe that the two will forever be intertwined. So without further ado, let’s get to it!
Trump & Immigration
Galatians 6:2 says: “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
There was widespread outcry after Donald Trump was elected as the next President of the United States. But the outrage wasn’t strictly limited to the States.
Members of Livingston Green’s community were also found to be angry at the result and worried about the outcome for the thousands of Central American immigrants who could soon be at risk of deportation.
Village Store shop keep, Mavis, had this to say: “Hundreds of Churches and Synagogues across the United States have pledged their commitment to offering sanctuary to those poor, lost people, but I’m still worried for them. I’d let them into my home in a heartbeat.”
bENEFIT CAPS COULD hARM fAMILIES
Hebrews 13:16: “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
At the start of November a new cap was introduced by the UK government, intended to provide recipients of benefits with a ‘clear incentive to move into a new job’. The cap was decried by many as an outright attack on the most vulnerable people in our society.
Although Livingston Green is mostly a well-off community, that gets by without the aid of government aid, the plight of young families and single mother’s still struck a chord with the congregation here.
Sheep farmer and choir member, Gerald, raised this point: “The government exists in this country to help it’s citizens. By forcing the hands of thousands of young Mothers across Britain, the politicians are putting children’s growth and development in peril.”
oNGOING sYRIAN CRISIS
Proverbs 3:27 says: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.”
Since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, the community of Livingston Green has been deeply saddened by the loss of human life in Syria. The lack of empathy or support offered from major world powers has also led to a deep well of sympathy for those displaced by the war.
Amongst all the ongoing topical issues in the news, it is the Syrian Conflict (in addition to the ensuing Migrant Crisis) that has drawn the most discussion amongst the congregation here in Livingston Green.
Unanimously, the community here stands firmly in support of the men, women and children whose lives have been irrevocably damaged by this devastating conflict.