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A simple faith for a simple biker

November 3, 2012

The weather’s not been too good lately.


I thought I’d say that, just in case you hadn’t noticed. But you’d have had to be blind and never left the house to have missed it. It’s got cold early. It’s been bad here but far worse in America, and there’s been snow further North, where my sister lives.


It’s been wet with leaves or mud on the road, cold too. So it’s not been biking weather, which is embarrassing, as most people outside of my congregations mostly know me as a biker. They’ve seen and read about me in the paper and heard me on the radio, so they expect to see the bike.


But they’ll have to wait. I’m not freezing and slipping around and spending hours getting the salt off the bike. No it may reappear on a dry sunny day, but otherwise it will be safely tucked away until better weather comes along.


Thinking about the bike, made me think about why I like it. I thought a little, not an easy thing when you’re a bear of little brain. But in the end I think it is the simplicity of it. Just you, the bike and the road. It’s hard to explain, but the world just seems a simpler place when you’re on a motorbike, and simple is good.


Over the last week I’ve been dealing with all sorts of rules and regulations. Rules and regulations about churchyards, and faculties. It all seems so complicated, so I could have done with getting out on my bike and making the world a simple place again.


I’ve also come across lots of people who seem to think that Christianity is complicated. Lots to learn, lots to believe, lots to do and lots not to do. When I listen to them I understand what they mean but totally disagree.


We, and our fellow Christians seem to have made our faith complicated; while Jesus made it nice and simple. Simple enough even for me.


No lists of laws. Just this simple creed: “”Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”” (Mark 12.28-31)


Pages and pages of OT rules, condensed down into a few words. Put even simpler, I could say that my faith demands this, “Love God, love my neighbour, and don’t forget to love myself.”


That is the key to all the complicated problems in life. That is the key to all the difficult theological questions. “Love God, love my neighbour, and don’t forget to love myself.”


All the rest is commentary.


One Comment
  1. Anna got it spot on.
    (Mister God this is Anna, for anyone else who reads this)

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