Mission Week, Ocean Bells Coffee Company
On mission in Watford, I was glad to discover Ocean Bells Coffee Company on our day off: Has Bean‘s Jailbreak espresso blend (MK1 2014 – 60%, Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira Canario Pulped Natural, 20%, Burundi Ruhora AA, 20%, Bolivia Canton Uyunense Tedocio Mamani Washed Typicaon) in the hopper, delicate in well-done milk, friendly staff, power sockets.
Superficially, the host congregation was quite different from the Local Church: social issues, learning difficulties, unemployment, age-related diseases were the order of the day. But underneath, the problems were the same as they are anywhere in the world, in every culture – human pride in refusing to honour God as God and so relying on anything and anybody but God.
This was brought into sharp relief when we were in neighbouring Chorleywood. Within the space of a few hours, we’d encountered (1) in a home, a person with learning difficulties who was also profoundly deaf, who managed to insist that she was a very good girl (patting herself on the chest) and had no need of Jesus; and (2) in a nearby tea-shop, a wine-writer and jet-setter with a plummy accent just back from her birthday party with friends in Cambridge, “of a Christian persuasion”, who said she wasn’t too worried about the afterlife – one just had to be nice to people
Unfortunately, God has stated quite emphatically that judgement on the Last Day won’t be based on anything as silly as relative morality (and on what scale relative morality anyway?). The criteria would simply be whether we acknowledge God rightfully as God – in control of the whole world, a good God worthy of the worship of our whole lives. And the test of this would be our response to his Son, Jesus the Christ:
22 The Father judges no one, but has given all judgement to the Son, 23 that all may honour the Son, just as they honour the Father. Whoever does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgement, but has passed from death to life.
25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgement, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgement. (John 5:25-29)
The “good” to be done (in 5:29) is the worship of Jesus alone and no other.