Christian saddened by flag protest violence
AS a Christian who has been born and raised in Northern Ireland, I am saddened to see the violence and unrest that has occurred in our beautiful land, so close to Christmas, a time of peace and goodwill to all men.
How must Our Father be feeling when he watches over us, behaving like this with so much anger and resentment towards our fellowman. We are all British/Irish people as we were born and raised in Northern Ireland.
Do we say that a man born in Scotland is not Scottish or a man born in Wales is not Welsh.
We all tend to live in the past, opening old wounds and picking scabs off old cuts and keeping them open. If we continue to do this we will always bleed and the pain of division will remain with us and never go away.
Let us learn from the past, embrace and move forward into a shared future. We all live in God’s beautiful garden and as the old Irish Blessing says ‘If you are lucky enough to be Irish, you are lucky enough.’
Like the Scottish and the Welsh let us be proud of this and also be glad that the British government want anything to do with us, as they watch all this unrest and violence on the news.
History tells us that if (Henry VIII) had been able to produce a male heir by his first wife we wouldn’t be in this ugly mess.
We are all God’s children and I am sure that our behaviour over the past fifty years and beyond is causing him great pain and distress.
Let us rethink what is really important when we meet him on judgement day. Did we stand firm for our beliefs about earthly things such as a United Ireland or Union flag? Or do our beliefs in humanity and how we can help all people live and love each other? Let us treat each other and our world, with kindness and gentleness, so we will have a heavenly father to pass onto the next generation.
Please re-read and rethink parables like, ‘The good Samaritan’ and the Prodigal Son. Work out who you are in these enlightening stories.
A concerned Christian.
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