How do you know what is right and what is wrong?
This is one of the biggest challenges that we all face every day.
Some people will say that humans have a deep-down understanding of what is right and wrong.
Maybe it’s come from our upbringing, as we follow the example of parents and friends.
Or perhaps it’s from our society, as together we try and work out the ‘norms’ of acceptable behaviour through dialogue and discussion.
Yet, when we use crowdsourcing to make decisions about ethics, we place a great deal of faith in our own ability to make true judgements.
Sadly, history is full of examples of when people have got it terribly wrong.
This is why we need an anchor for our ethics… and this is why the Bible is so important and useful.
The Bible is grounded on the idea of love: love for one another that comes from God’s love to us.
Through the Bible, God helps us know our weaknesses, and he shows us how to be saved from the just punishment we deserve as we all, naturally, live independently from him.
That’s why the Christian scriptures are so deeply practical for people of all ages.
And this is why the officially-approved curriculum taught in Special Religious Education (SRE) is so deeply valuable for children in our public schools.
The best place to learn right and wrong is to turn to the Bible.
And the best thing about the Bible is that in those words we learn about true love and true forgiveness, as we hear how Jesus gave his own life as a sacrifice for us.
This is the best lesson any student can ever learn.
As we celebrate Australia Day, it’s a great reminder of how many people give up their time and energy to serve our community.
I’ve recently got to know a bunch of wonderful locals, who spend countless hours of their time to help protect life and property.
Jamberoo Rural Fire Brigade members are always on standby for a ‘fire call’, ready to drop everything to attend a blaze or an incident in our area.
Recently, some of the brigade members were risking their lives as they extinguished the petrol tanker in West Wollongong, and only this week some of us travelled to Tumut as part of a strike team to assist in a large blaze in Southern NSW.
Plus, this weekend, brigade members will be using fire for a different purpose… cooking sausages on the BBQ for breakfast on Australia Day in Reid Park.
I joined the Jamberoo RFB last year, as I wanted to connect more with our community as we seek to serve each other, especially in times of crisis.
This is everything that is great about our village: the willingness to sacrifice time, energy, and safety, to serve others.
This kind of service gives us a glimpse of what it is like for Jesus, the Son of Man, to serve us. We read in the Bible:
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”The Bible, Mark chapter 10, sentence 45.
Jesus’ rescue mission was costly, because it meant he sacrificed his own life in order to save the people who came to him for help.
And this is the most courageous act of community service we’ll ever experience.