Lent 2009 (15) – Everyone matters

What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or a sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food the one of you says to them: “Go in peace, be warmed, be filled” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. James 2:14-17

When you cross the border into Lancashire there is a county sign which says “Lancashire – the county where everyone matters”. A priority in all our primary schools is the Every Child Matters Agenda. This too is a very commendable but very demanding agenda. When the
importance of someone is acknowledged then their needs have to be taken seriously.

Christians believe that every person is of the highest value and importance because each of us is made in the image of God and is loved by God. If we acknowledge the importance of everyone – with no exceptions – than we cannot ignore the situations of the needy, whatever
they may be.

The Kingdom of God is inclusive. If everyone is important to God then everyone must also matter to the Church.

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