I was reminded today of wise sayings from two Anglican bishops - I do not who they were, but what they said is worth noting.
The first was a letter from an Anglican bishop to a new curate. It seems the young curate took the Gospel seriously and he was preaching it from the pulpit much to the ire of some of his congregation. The bishop started to receive letters of complaint. The bishop needed to take decisive action, so he wrote to the curate. In his letter he told the young man of the nature of the complaints he was getting about him, and he advised the young man to persevere: if they are complaining about you, then you are doing something right - keep it up.
The second is mentioned by N.T Wright in one of his books, a quotation from an Anglican bishop as he is reflecting on St Paul's missionary work. The bishop said: "When Paul preached there were riots, when I preach they give me a cup of tea".
Lesson for all of us: when we preach the Gospel faithfully there will be trouble, so we need to ride the storm and keep going. Christianity is not for the comfortable, nor is it for the fainthearted.
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