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Topic: SOCIAL (04/07/16)
TITLE: Jesus Loves us All
By Dorothy MOFFITT
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The word social first brings to mind the social class system which reigned in Edwardian England. The King and Queen and Lords and Ladies and landed gentry- Lords of the Manor, considered
themselves a class above the rest of the people who worked for them in their houses and fields. They spent most of their time dressing up and socialising with others like themselves. The men of the family were not above mixing classes getting under -maids pregnant and disgraced. Some of these children rose to be important people. After World War 1 a new middle class rose between the merchants.
When these people migrated to Australia, the soldiers and free settlers who became squatters,
considered themselves social elite. The indigenous people who were already there were considered the bottom of the heap, similar to the Red Indians of North America. They are still struggling, together with the street people and gypsies, to rise above this branding.
Social is also the method where people mix and dance and play games. The church social has not the same place in the community since the advent of TV and computers. As a shy teenage member of a girls only school, I first mixed with boys at a Crusader Union social called a squash. We played games and sang choruses. My other socialising continued in church youth camps.
Even animals and birds like to socialise in groups like people. Social distance from others like that insisted on in sects and nuns or hermits, creates distance between people.
Social work is helping those with less opportunities in the community, like abused wives and children to receive help. A new problem now is the resettlement of refugees in Australia;
which has to be balanced between finding genuine refugees who cannot return to their original countries because of persecution, and those after work opportunities or spreading Islam.
There must be enough work opportunities, schools and pensions to go around and not disadvantage Australian citizens. We must show genuine Christian compassion through the churches, but use common sense.
God made the first division of the people at the Tower of Babel when he mixed their language so they would spread out and people the earth. People today try to reinstate the knowledge of language by speaking in tongues, when missionaries have to learn the language of the people they try to help by hard work.
"Jesus loves me this I know,
for the Bible tells me so .
I love Jesus. Does he know?
Have ever told Him so?"
The Bible tells us God loves everyone, weather as those he created, or as members of his born again family. None is better than another in his sight.
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