I WRITE to commend Brian Moore’s column in the April 27’s Catholic Leader.
He writes very well for Australian Catholic Christians, and for all Christians, especially those in other affluent and so-called “First World” countries with Christian heritage.
Brian asks this question: “Do we as Christians realise that God is more concerned about our character than our career?”
This is a timely and very relevant question for all of us, especially us middle-class Catholics in Australia. Despite state and federal governments making (or about to make) social security cutbacks disadvantaging the most vulnerable citizens, those in fulltime employment on middle-range incomes or better often do just that in reverse – are more concerned about their career than their character.
Mr Moore writes that we need to make a “counter-cultural decision to focus on becoming more Christ-like”, then we will discover that “the Holy Spirit will empower us to carry it out”.
In a similar vein; well-known author and Anglican Bishop Tom Wright, from Durham, UK, writes about Christian faith when facing personal crises, in his comments in “Mark for Everyone”. On Mark 9:24: “I believe; help me in my unbelief” he writes: “… put the first foot on the ladder, ask for help and start to climb”.