The rains have arrived on the Fylde!
Over the past week I’ve half-heard people talking about the endless rain, but not really tuned in, because it wasn’t happening here. The warning of drought and floods, in the same places, seemed fairly distant. Now I know what they were on about, at least a little bit. It’s more real.
I don’t know if the BBC being largely based in Salford now will make a difference to London-centred viewing, though. That attitude people have of talking about things in the south as if that is of interst, or a reflection of, how things are everywhere else. A kind of colonial/empire view now boxed into one city and region of England.
Saul (who became Paul the apostle) had a Judaistic view of the world, in much the same way. What happened in Jerusalem was it. The rest didn’t really matter. Until he encounters the God of the Jews in the person of Jesus, and gets sent to the non-Jewish world to see the presence of God manifest in all manner of places. He then goes back to Jerusalem to help them re-configure their perspective!
“I am God’s perspective,” said Jesus, though it got written down as “the way truth life.”
We are called to see and hold the uniqueness and centrality of Jesus, and to see it echoed, where received, in the diversity of life. Saved and Sent.