Can I just say a big thank you for yesterdays comments, it's great that we can chat these things through without anyone getting offensive, I loved watching it unfold, this makes blogging worthwhile.
I hadn't really thought about the condoms and lighters being an issue, it was more a plea for help with regards Computers and Bibles
So please if you know anyone who could help let me know, and thanks for all the stuff with regards websites and offers of help people have already given. In all honesty I was more worried that using my blog in a shameless plea for money and resources would be more offensive than condoms and lighters!!! I didn't want to abuse your friendship.
Anyway, what do I think about Condoms being given out? well as Jonah said people will have sex whether we give them a condom or not, and most people if they have a condom handy will use it, but if they don't have a condom they will probably just go ahead and have unprotected sex. Unprotected sex sometimes leads to the tranmission of deseases and also unwanted pregnancy. So if we can stop that happening by providing a condom, so be it. We haven't put our logo on the condoms or anything like that, we couldn't afford it. But heres the deal for me "Mercy triumphs over judgement" everytime, without fail, totally, grace, grace, grace, grace. Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead, he's the judge not us! Right now we just need to love people, yes of course there are things we don't agree with and they will need challenging but in a gracious way.
Tough love doesn't exist, not the witholding and punishing kind of love, that's not love! or the love that says let them make mistakes they will eventually turn to Jesus, that's not love. When they are in a hospitable bed dying of AID's, or being told they are infertile, they aren't going to be searching out the nearest Christian to say "thanks for not giving me that condom, I appreciated your tough love!". This is the kind of "love" that doesn't do anything to cure the problem but just stands outside abortion clinics abusing poor women who have made a mistake. It's not a very well thought through concept when it comes to loving people, it appeals to us because it makes life less messy and ,means we can just hand out judgement and platitudes without actually engaging with people. Mercy, grace, love, forgiveness, acceptance this is the way of the cross, now that's a tougher way to love.
Lighters, well they are a fun evangelistic tool. I was talking to a villa owner last night and he wants a load to put in his welcome packs for guests on the island. I love it, posh people coming to rent out exclusive villas end up with a little Jesus fire in their visitors pack!!!
I have been reading the gospel of John this week. As I look at it I am reassured that right here right now we are doing the right thing.
But I am happy if you don't agree with me, thank you all for reading and contributing. Don't forget we need Bibles and Computers!!!!