As Christians, we absolutely oppose all violence and incitements to violence. But what is proposed goes far beyond incitements to violence, and also criminalises speech that is considered by some to be hateful or offensive.
Freedom to believe and practice religious faith is considered a basic human right. But it has not always been so.
Racism, police brutality, American politics, President Trump, MAGA caps, Christianity – and Aotearoa
Amidst all the rancour and toxicity issuing from a troubled USA, some questions to ponder and discuss. And some suggested responses…
Across Aotearoa, many churches will be delighted they can now freely begin to gather again in person. This is a great and welcome start, and we thank God for it (and also for God’s hand in keeping New Zealand relatively safe).
As New Zealand slowly begins to re-open, a question many churches will be asking is, “How do we approach ministry in Level 2 and beyond?” It’s easy to be scared of change. But in reality, the NZ church has already proven that it is more than ready to adapt to changing circumstances.
‘Unprecedented’. ‘Social distancing’. ‘Self-isolation’. ‘Community outbreak’. ‘Lockdown.’ These and other words have come to dominate our news feeds and conversations. A few weeks ago, the world was ordinary; now, it is different, unusual, unfamiliar.