Status anxiety

World markets plunge, media commentators try to predict the consequences of a Greek exit from the Euro, politicians disagree on solutions – while the rest of us feel that we have no status and are subject to forces beyond anyone’s control. What is certain is that the power status of Europe is waning: it’s ageing and debt-ridden, and that could take years to change, if ever.

This is serious because – as is usual in such times – it’s the poor and vulnerable who suffer most.

Those who follow Jesus may be reminded of his sayings about worry and wealth: how radical they sound but how difficult to live by. Yet he didn’t tell everyone he met to give their money away. Jesus was looking for something else from people. He just wanted people to put God at the centre of their lives, so that they and their stuff (lots or little) would be safe.

Safe for the purpose of bringing hope, meaning and purpose to the world, not least for the poor and oppressed.

In a world where markets and stock flotations are the main measures of human worth (a certain Mark Zuckerberg will become personally worth $19.1bn later today), it’s pretty good to know that God confers high status on us all indiscriminately. We don’t have to be born to it or earn it. We just have to enter into its fulness, and Jesus shows the way. Find out more at Colchester Vineyard!

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