I’ve just been chatting to Colin who is in Cape Town and it has been so encouraging to hear of the response of the church to what has been going on in the past few days there. Colin says everyone you speak to is looking after someone, in their house, in the back garden. The CESA training College has also opened its doors to give shelter to a number of displaced people. And we’re not just talking a handful. Churches are putting up hundreds. God really is great. Let’s keep praying that all of this will lead to Jesus’ name being praised as people see changed lives (1 Peter 2:12).

It really is a challenge to us here in the UK. Not simply in responding to crisis, but what we do when there is no crisis. Injustice, prejudice, murder is happening all around us at an alarming rate – and yet we are not alarmed. Children are being killed in their thousands and what are we doing about it? We do not see a crisis, so we can keep safe and comfortable.

Thankfully there are Christians who do speak up, live out what they believe and suffer as a result (see 2 Timothy 3:12!). But as I look around me and at my own household and heart I fear they are few and far between.

When crisis hits us in the UK I would love it if the response to the question ‘where are the Christians?’ would be, ‘Where they’ve always been – championing the cause of the poor and marginalised, caring for the sick and those who cannot speak up for themselves, welcoming strangers and foreigners into their homes and families – living out what they believe.’

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