On purity, defilement and legalism
I've always had a hard time thinking, How can you (Priest) wear such things and make you look and act holy, gives a false show to followers, then there is all the other paraphernalia stations of the cross, blessing one self, sprinkling, Etc, big time events in the Philippines. Sprinkling baptisms, statues, gold chalice the list goes on, seems to me once you start one ritual others follow, the more rituals the more it takes away from the teachings, I must think , They have their reward in, out ward presentations.
SO I always get caught out when I see such people, the way I think, Praise the lord I say to my self, don't judge, forgive me Jesus I just failed again, I must improve, those people who dress like that, in some way are still passing on some of jesus ways to those who listen, Like the Local Priest said, They come to me when they see the collar, might not agree with that or his church doctrine, but there are some basic love the RC church gives out. let them be.
So now the question is, will I play along with the only church in town, as it was the church who made the mission back 80 years ago.
I have been thinking about putting out some leaflets for a local house meeting, bible study basic, as my job I get to meet every one in town thats Wadeye, a vile revengeful place, plenty riots, tribe squabbles, social problems hatred, just the usual Indigenous community I go to after they settle down to rebuild, been doing it 30+ years, just take it in my stride, seen it all before, petrol sniffing, bashing old grandmothers with fence paling, open fist fights in the street, drugs, smelly people, mind boggling for someone new to the experience, praise God keep me alive this long, been 2 years since first was coming here, was put off twice due to violence, now things are ripe, government money rebuilding, so they asked me to come out, as a specialist Indigenous Trainer builder,
Get that feeling I should start a meeting group up, probable during the week Friday night, Learning this new Legalism, by trying not to down grade the local RC church, or what others or doing, or judging who bashed who, and who dresses wrong, Must think forgiveness, and no judging, accept all.
As I don't have a regular church home church, closest home church would be a group near my home base Ipswich, last time there was 2 years ago, so I move around with work, never been able to stay in one place long enough, plenty prayer asking for a steady job, but when ones job is complete into the next one, from 6 to 18 months most last.
What advice can the this board give to a fellow traveller christian, wanting to start up a house meeting, every community I have been in before has had several church groups in town, very strange the largest community in NT has only one church with 2500 population. Worrabinda has population of 500+ and had several churches, some churches visit once a month from the larger towns and bring out their followers, some every 2 weeks, during the off week there would be house meetings, but this new place has just one, no one has come from any other churches to start up a new group, there are a few from Darwin who come for outreach, fishing trip a few times a year, that's real fishing barra and do some church service or put on nights entertainment, got me stumped why only RC are based here, either way Uncle Neddles is getting itchy feet and needs more in my life. its eat sleep and work here, some other bible needs wanted. The hairs on the neck stand up when in a RC church, I was brought up as RC,
Open for suggestions, what would be a good opening talk? what heading to put on the leaflet drop??? An alternative to stopping suicide, in your community, (Indigenous communities have twice the death rate of standard Australia) or Living Working and Surviving in Indigenous communities for 40 years from a white fella, Bringing peace to you and your family, Forgiving your neighbour is from God.
Any help would be thankful. Plenty time to talk to my self here, time for prayer and ask directions.