It starts with you

Russell Brand is an English celebrity (best known for being a comedian) who has incorporated his notorious drug use, alcoholism, and promiscuity into his comedic material. A friend suggested I watched him being interviewed by Jeremy Paxman. Russell spends 8 minutes ranting about why he does not vote and how the people with power are corrupt. I found myself agreeing with many points Russell was making including his disillusionment with the political system and unfair distribution of wealth.

However I am pretty sure we disagree on the solution.

History shows us the effect power has on humans. Russell mentions that 300 Americans have the same amount of wealth as their 85 million poorest Americans. But how many of the 85 million would swap places with the 300 if given the chance? Why do people spend a lifetime working? Give anyone money and power and watch it control their life.

People often blame God for the planets suffering while denying the selfishness of their own lives. Researchers say that, according to their estimates, people in this country (UK) dispose of about 15 million tons of perfectly good fruit on a yearly basis. We are told there is enough food produced every year to feed the planet.

Even in the poor areas I hear people judge and blame each other. “She’s just a dirty prostitute” says the alcoholic. “They are waste of space alcoholics” says the single mum. Russell blames the government for our problems but I just see the heart of man. There is no ‘them’ we are the culture, we are the city, we are the problem.

Russell Brand talks of a revolution. Let me quote the greatest revolutionary that will ever walk the earth. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

As a Christian community we take the words of Jesus seriously. We realise as humans we are flawed but we fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. We don’t worship money or power but a worthy God. We are not claiming to be perfect but we deeply value the truth and speak it in love. We care about the effect that our life has on those around us.

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