I have been massively encouraged – and challenged – today by Jacqueline Jones’ hymn Have You Heard God’s Voice? The deaths of LGBT clubbers in Orlando and of Jo Cox brought the final verse into stark relief:
The challenge of living well “as far as it depends on you” in an increasingly angry country is hard. The EU Referendum debate has become more and more bitter and, some would say, has given rise to the acts of violence which led to Jo Cox’s death.
How do God’s people represent Christ while still giving space for proper disagreement?
How do we avoid being dragged into the demeaning tittle-tattle that so easily moves from grumbling to character assassination?
How do we slip the Christlike phrases into conversations with our friends and neighbours?
The hymn’s lyrics say:
It was one of those times when the hymn-writer’s craft enabled a congregation to move beyond silence into expressing hope that could not otherwise have been articulated.