Just thought I’d let the world know we’re still meeting on Wednesdays and had a great evening together at the Red Lion this week. We had a good catch up session with one another and started thrashing through what we’re going to do next regarding publicity as we head towards this summer.
We also had a good time seeing Barbara and Grayden’s photos from the BIG PARTY! Wonderful to see old friends and to see such fun and love and laughter and joy.
Steve led us then on a presentation on health and safety – tongue in cheek to an extent – but it really got us talking – here’s some of his stuff…
“Elfansafety” – A Theological Perspective
safety-obsessed, suing-fearful, lawyer-rich, State-nannied,
cotton-wool-wrapped, back-watching, legalistically-obsessed, freedom-restricting,
risk-averse, sclerotic-neurotic society….
What would Jesus do?
Sit the little children on his knee?
Take out the whip in the Temple Court?
Preach without any thought of the nutritional needs of the crowd?
Mix a dubious paste and smear it on someone’s eyes?
Mess with water and wine?
Send swine lemming-like into the lake?
End up on a cross?
For God to give us REAL freedom:
- There needed to be REAL risk
- There needed to be REAL consequences to our choices
- We needed to exercise REAL responsibility
- We needed to be able to experience REAL personal and moral growth as a result
And so he created a world of consistent natural law which contained risk….
THEREFORE…. HEALTH AND SAFETY IS THE WORK OF THE DEVIL
(in that it works counter to God’s creation, limits our freedom, narrows our experience of life and our exercise of responsibility and infantilises us)