Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Healing and Hope Through ICBMs

Remote controlled weapons – and garages, home and car security, cooking, entertainment systems, heating and air-conditioning – represent the extremes of modern technology, and the internet provides access to almost limitless knowledge through PCs, laptops, tablets or I-phones.

They make life so easy – unless you are surrounded by a horde of people who are concentrating more on their phone screens than whatever is around them.

With everything so accessible, communication could not be any easier. Yet when we use Facebook instead of speaking face-to-face, we actually cheat ourselves from deepening our connections with each other. We may live with that, but for anyone around who is not coping, or who may be feeling depressed, we underline their sense of isolation.

“No man is an island, entire of itself … never ask for whom the bell tolls – it tolls for thee,” wrote John Donne four hundred years ago, trying to encourage us to respect the needs of those around us.

Donne never got credit for introducing us to ICBMs. Not Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles, but when faced with others’ needs, to realise that “It Could Be Me.” These ICBMs are healing rather than destructive, for they enhance our compassion and they prompt us to help.  

Powering this compassion is the God who is up close and personal; having stepped into our world to bridge our distance from Him and from each other, so that even when disasters hit, we can still plug into His love to bring healing and hope to others.

Noel Mitaxa

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

 

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