The probation service are gradually getting the churchyard grass cut back to the usual neatness. We hope that the problems we have experienced are now resolved and normal service is resumed. I am very great full for those in the community who stepped in and cut grass around church and in the new part of the churchyard.
It always amazes me how quickly cultivated nature returns to being wild when cultivation stops. The same is true of humanity. We have seen several examples recently of nation states descent into chaos. In such cases, for example Syria, humanities capacity for atrocities flourishes and evil's cold heart rises. It will take years to resolve Syria. The deep wounds created, years to heal.
You cannot compare this country with Syria but we are become increasing uncultivated and the wild grass and weeds are taking over.
One worrying trend has been the privatisation of security and the legal system. It cannot be right that we have privatised jails, prisoner transport etc. the probation service has been tasked with self funding. To do this they will need to deploy those doing community service to those organisations who will pay more for their services. The danger of course is that instead of the community service being used to do jobs that probably would not get done, they will replace paid jobs. This is morally wrong.
The armed services are increasingly being deployed in civic duties. First on fire tenders, then they were going to be used to drive fuel tankers, they are going to be used for security at Olympics. These are all dangerous precedents
The problem is that as soon as you mix profit and security, profit affects security and decisions about security are unholy influenced by profit.
At an individual level, we need to think carefully about we watch and read. The success of 80 shades of grey reveals a widespread apatite for what I call "social porn". This is not healthy. We should be focusing on healthy relationships not looking for a buzz from reading about or watching it!
Oh it is only a bit of harmless fun I hear u say but it's not. The problem with all this social porn is it makes an increasing wide range of sexual practice acceptable. Just because the fruit is ripe doesn't mean you should pluck it. Some fruit, however ripe or tasty should remain unplucked.
The problem is as we "normalise" sexual practices we make faithfulness and contentment in our relationships harder to fulfil. This makes adultery and breakdown of relationship more likely.
It is easy to blame society for all the problems but under the cloak of a tolerant society perhaps we have become too tolerant. It is all too easy to look outside ourselves but it is with ourselves we must start. We need to deal with those parts of our lives that have become uncultivated or have always been wild. So this month let's all reexamine our own lives find the long grass the weeds and start to cultivate. We should not do this alone but invite God to lead us in this restoration work.