Reflections: Rev Arthur Christie

The Rev Arthur Christie'Minister of Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny Churches.
The Rev Arthur Christie'Minister of Anstruther, Cellardyke and Kilrenny Churches.

FLOODS, snow, gale-force winds all throughout the first month of the year, and we are now into February.What more change will we experience? Snow in Glenrothes and winds in the East Neuk all in the same day, different and yet we remain connected.

Some of us have been around as locals with family who have been around for generations.

It’s a rarity in modern society but it exists as a positive, a benefit and constant in a fast-changing world. But this connectedness has an inherent weakness – it can come with the inference that those who haven’t been around since childhood aren’t a part of things in the same way – somehow less connected.

The Christian story is about relationships – being connected to Christ. Our communities are now made up of people from all parts and “all are welcome”.

I’ve often observed, participated and wondered in various groups of people as to how we relate to each other, and I’ve come up with a question for you: How long does the new person remain new and how do we build a community with people who are very different from each other?

I ask because I believe that, when a community connects through shared values and faith, that community is stronger and inclusive.

Neighbours, friends, colleagues, poor people, suffering people, nature, money, possessions, faith – everything is stronger!

What I’ve experienced over the years in my own life, and watching others, is that we can very subtly become disconnected and we can be very subtle in believing our own excuses for pulling back.

We get too busy, compromising our values, saying judgemental things like ‘they don’t deserve help’, ‘they bring trouble on themselves’, ‘it’s difficult enough looking after our own’.

One moment we are sitting on the chair reading, looking bright and alive, and the next we’ve become a potential fly trap.

Most people don’t fall – they drift.

The question is – will your anchor hold in the storms of life?

When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain, will your anchor drift, or firm remain?

The apostle Paul was a church builder and he knew how easy it is for us to drift, so he wrote to the Thessalonians, encouraging them for the mutual encouragement they gave each other, and then he commanded them as a priority to keep building each other up.

Don’t consider using God as a holiday cottage or wait to treat him as a retiral home manager.

He wants to be on your mobile address list, your email log and Facebook – or, to keep it simple, just say a quick prayer.