The following address was given by Richard Worsley to the Christian Fellowship School at the end of the Summer Term 2020:-
Due to technical difficulties, some of you would not have heard what I said in the final assembly so I have decided to give a summary of my message in this end of year head’s letter.
The Covid 19 crisis has caused many of us to ask God, “what are you wanting to say to us and to our nation at this time?” I felt that as a nation we had lost our way because we had abandoned truths that we once knew. I felt this message was confirmed when a parent explained to me what the Lord had spoken to them that morning as they were asking the Lord the same question. He felt the Lord gave him this verse from Jeremiah (6v16):-
Stand at the crossroads and look
Ask for the ancient paths
Ask where the good way is and walk in it
And you will find rest for your souls
Looking at the crossroads I identified 5 ancient truths that our nation has lost sight of and needs to return to. They are as follows:
- Fear of God. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9v10) therefore we should not be surprised if the wisdom we gain from the Bible should be very different to the wisdom of a nation that has no fear of God (1Cor 1v25).
- Eternity. Jesus said “What does it profit a person if they gain the whole world but lose their soul” (Mark 8v36). Without a sense of the eternal, as a nation we will set our sights on material objects and human pleasure (Col 3v1-6).
- Our Sinfulness. The rich young ruler was challenged by Jesus when he called Him “Good teacher”. Jesus said “no one is good but one that is God” (Mark 10v18). We need to accept God’s verdict on our lives because if we accept our personal sinfulness (1 John 1v8-9) we will then truly enjoy the fourth truth.
- Full Forgiveness. ‘Those who are forgiven much love much, but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little’ (Luke 7v47). Our nation has rejected the concept of sin, instead it sees all humans as fundamentally good people suffering from bad circumstances. Circumstances do matter, but that is not the whole story.
- Holiness. One thing we could not accuse our society of is a desire for holiness, yet holiness is one of the great requirements of the Bible (Heb 12v14 & 1 Peter 1v16). Fortunately for us, all the requirements of holiness can be found in Christ (1 Cor 1v26-31) and not in our natural selves.
Let us therefore pray for our nation at this difficult time that it will consider the ancient paths – the good way, and return to the truths it once knew.