Tuesday, 30 June 2020

No one said it would be easy, cobber.


We were watching a Christian program on TV and I made an off the cuff comment that sometimes it is very difficult being a Christian considering all the world’s temptations and how many non-believers seem to have it so good.

My Australian Aunt Gertrude who is staying with us for a (long) while, stopped knitting and said “No one said it would be easy, cobber! Jesus never said "you'll all get into Heaven no worries mate!" ”

I smiled and she continued.

“If the Good Lord meant us all to return to Him in Heaven He would have created a load of senseless boomerangs! We'd live our life here with smiles all round and then boomerang back to paradise. Well, it ain't like that I tell ye ... just take it from me!”

I smiled again at her interpretation of Scripture and before I could say anything she went on.

“But the Good Lord is wise and kind you see. He gave us the choice to choose between going to Him in Heaven or spending eternity in a hell hole hotter than the outback! We must make that choice, it just ain't automatic fair dinkum and all that!”

I must say I never realized she had such opinions. She is Christian all right but she never talks religion … until now.

“It is not compulsory to go to Heaven!” she announced as if she’d discovered a newly found secret, “we have a choice to make between Heaven or roasting our backsides for ever in the outback!

“And for us to make the choice between good and evil, God had to allow evil in the world.

“If evil didn’t exist then we’d have no choice to make; and with no choice we’d all do good and we’d boomerang back to Heaven.

"What I'm sayin fella ... is that we'd be like robots with no brains to make a choice with. But as I said, if you were listening, God being kind and all that, gave us the freedom to choose ... that's a great gift which we often take for granted mate!”

I stifled a laugh at her colourful explanation of Free Will and imagined her as a preacher in her native Australia.

“So as I was saying before you interrupt me fella …” she continued, “God allowed evil to happen in the shape of the devil. He allowed him to exist and gave him the freedom to tempt us into his evil ways.

“His temptations come in many shapes and sizes … from the tiny piece of chocolate to a cigarette, a bottle of drink or spending a lifetime bonking someone we’re not married to!”

At this I had to let out a laugh. She frowned like an old school teacher chastising a little naughty child.

“I’m sorry Auntie,” I said, “I am not laughing at you, I’m laughing at your way of expressing yourself.”

“That’s OK fella …” she smiled, “it's just that I feel there are so many Christians in name only. But they aren't fooling God ye know ... They may think they are holy and do-gooders but the Lord isn't easily fooled by their false piety and hideous sins.

"I know it isn’t easy being a Christian. What, with life being as difficult as it is and we're all rushing around like our derrière is on fire. But Christianity is a way of life my friend. It's not a badge one wears on one’s lapel. And when life gets difficult the Good Lord and His Mother Mary will help if we ask them.”

“Are there any Australian Saints?” I asked for no apparent reason.

“I don’t know cobber,” she replied, “but if there are they’d be quietly spoken, shy and demure; like most Australians are!” she smiled.

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20 comments:

  1. There are those that are trying to remove religion too. That makes it even harder. Well said.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. 😎

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    1. Thank you Sandee for visiting me here. Please call again soon, and often.

      Yes, there are those trying to stop religion altogether.

      God bless.

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  2. I have to trust Jesus. There is no other way, regardless of what others think or say. Makes me sad those that do not believe. But I smiled at your story. A wise woman. Thank you for sharing and have a blessed day.

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    1. Thank you Anne for visiting us. Please do so again soon and often.

      Trusting God and Jesus is the answer.

      God bless.

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  3. Senseless boomerangs … I LOVE your aunt Gertrude! These days we're hearing cries for "freedom" from both sides of the aisle. Yet I never considered the most important freedom: to chose Paradise or roasting my backside in the outback.

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    1. It's as simple as that, as my aunt would say. People need to think and choose where they want to go ... ... ... for eternity.

      God bless you, Mevely.

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  4. Your Aunt Gertrude is a gem, Victor! Just love her style of theology - she's right on the money.
    Blessings!

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    1. Sometimes it has to be said in an Australian accent to make sense.

      God bless, Martha.

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  5. Funny and thought provoking at the same tome. Your aunt Gertrude is wonderful.

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    1. Thank you Charlotte. Great to see you here again.

      God bless you.

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  6. Aunt Gertrude is one cool lady, I like her.

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  7. Auntie is a wise woman!!
    Amen!

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  8. Your Aunt Gertrude is wonderful.

    All the best Jan

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  9. What a hoot! She would liven up any church pew.

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    1. Her attitude and behaviour has livened our lives. See the book.

      God bless, Susan.

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  10. As i pointed out to a client one day, Jesus didn't come and endure His death to give us a modern, middle class lifestyle.

    In his Last Supper Discourse, He said that we would have trouble in the world, but told us to cheer up, because He has overcome the world.

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    1. Yes indeed, He has overcome the world.

      God bless, Mimi.

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