“Seek the peace and prosperity of the city into which I have carried you”
Hello everybody, as I am sure you will all know and expect, all activities related to the Melling Baptist Community Hub have been cancelled until further notice. If, however, you have a particular need or question at this strange and difficult time, please do not hesitate to contact us via our email address and Jo will reply within a short time.
Please do check each day for a new thought and encouragement on Sunrise which we hope and pray will help you during this time.
'Who Wrote This Stuff?'
I’m sitting at my desk with a great desire to shout at someone but at the same time I’m feeling very pleased with myself. I’m patting myself on the back because I have just assembled my new desk all by myself and now this ‘Sunrise’ is the first document to be typed here. I have space and order that I am determined to protect at all costs. So why am I grumpy? Well firstly the assembly instructions were written by somebody who’s first language is not English, then it was translated by somebody who’s first language is not English, they used all the right words but not necessarily in the right order. I’m assuming they used the right words but I’m not entirely sure because some of the type is too small to read even with my reading glasses. Some of the lettering is one millimetre high (I’ve measured it), it looks like this…it’s too tiny to read. Then there’s the diagrams; obviously done by the writers four-year-old child with no understanding of perspective or which way is up. Apart from that it's excellent.
It led me to think about the need for instructions to be clear and unambiguous, with enough words to make the advice complete but not so many words that confusion sets in. I’m sure that you’ve all read reviews of art exhibitions or music festivals where the writer takes so long to make the point that you walk away.
Someone who was a master of communication was Jesus. By using illustrations that anyone could understand and by saying important things using words that didn’t require a dictionary, Jesus destroyed confusion. People may not have liked the message, but they certainly would understand it. For instance Jesus said, “You have heard people say, ”Love your neighbours and hate your enemies.” But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you.” He also warned people to be careful, “Don’t condemn others, and God won’t condemn you. God will be as hard on you as you are on others. He will treat you exactly as you treat them.” There’s no confusion when Jesus speaks. He made many many statements that were absolutely clear; we can’t excuse ourselves on the grounds that we didn’t recognize the words or that we need better glasses.