I’ve noticed how the humans in my local area are starting to wake up from their state of semi-hibernation. A lot of humans have been holed up for many months rather like bears in ice caves, and now that they are re-emerging, the world seems fresh and new once more. Some are going to the shops, some are visiting friends and family, and a whole load more are migrating en mass to the local pub. And it’s all down to the miraculous impact of the Covid vaccinations. Small, innocuous phials of life-transforming wonder.
I sometimes wish that Christian faith could come neatly packaged in phials which could then be injected into the arms of humans around the world. Because just like the Covid vaccines, faith transforms lives. Imagine how it would be if all the people of the world became disciples of God. How the world and its values would change overnight!
Of course, it’s never going to be that simple. Humans have been given free will to make their own individual choices, even when those choices are often flawed. And faith is never quite as simple as a quick jab in the arm. For many humans, growing in faith takes many years and sometimes it can take an entire lifetime.
Humanity craves free will; the concept of freedom is written into the constitutions of many countries, and where freedom is restricted around the world, humans battle for their individual rights. But the million dollar question is what do humans do with their freedom? Can they handle the responsibility that goes with it? Christianity is a message of love, of compassion, of giving and sharing. It offers hope to all creation and provides the ultimate insurance policy for all humanity. So why isn’t every church packed full every Sunday? Why is the human world so full of haves and have nots? And why do so many humans worship money rather than God, their Creator?
The Covid jabs are giving humans the chance to exercise their free will again in a great many countries. I’m just a small insignificant parrot, but it’s my heartfelt hope that the experience of Coronavirus gives humanity the wisdom to understand the world for what it is, and to start afresh once more with a new set of values, a new set of morals and a heightened awareness of God’s presence in our world.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)