Thought for the Week, August 6 2021

Kirk Street Hall.
Kirk Street Hall, where Campbeltown Community Church's services are typically held.

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Football is one of my passions.

A few months ago the game was thrown into confusion when it was announced that some of the biggest clubs in the UK and Europe were about to form an exclusive breakaway organisation, a European Super League.

However, the rich owners of these clubs had miscalculated the depth of feeling and backlash from football supporters: so much so that the proposed Super League had to be abandoned.

It was all about money and greed.

The whole debacle set me thinking beyond football, to the near universal belief that the way a life is measured is based on merit and success and often wealth.

I was opposed to the Super League, and although I generally value a society where people who work hard can advance and prosper, it doesn’t directly apply to Christianity.

The ‘I must succeed’ mentality has the tendency to produce a belief which, in its simplest form, suggests that ‘good people automatically will get to heaven’ because of their own efforts.

It’s in our human nature to think that qualification for entry to heaven comes from our good deeds and achievements.

On the contrary, it’s not about achieving but about accepting, accepting our salvation involves surrender to what Christ has done for us on the cross at Calvary.

‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…’ Those were Paul’s words to the church at Ephesus.

Christianity is not a merit-based faith; I am grateful we cannot earn salvation by our works. It is through the gift of God’s grace available to every one of us.

Ken Watson, Campbeltown Community Church.