‘Which class are you?’ is currently the all-important question, it seems.
We used to think of upper, middle and lower, but recently it has been decided that there are seven social groupings of people in the United Kingdom.
The BBC’s Great British Class Survey has put out a series of questions which we, the rank and file of the population, can answer and thus determine where we fit in.
The range extends from ‘elite’ to ‘emergent service workers’. For your entertainment and education, have a look on their website!
Conclusions are based on our annual household income after taxes, savings, whether we own or rent our property, cultural activities, and a few other disclosures.
Particularly fascinating, I felt when I took the test, was the question ‘Which of these people do you know socially?’
Nearly twenty different professions were listed, including secretary, scientist, lorry driver, software designer, farm worker, shop assistant, university lecturer.
It is not unlikely, in a church setting, that one knows all these individuals, and more.
We are reminded in Paul’s letter to a group of believers in first-century Galatia: ‘You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus ... you are all one in Christ Jesus’ (chapter 3, verses 26 to 29).
That’s the point. It is Jesus himself who is the ‘connector’, who brings us all together as members of God’s great family. Considerations of status, generation, culture are secondary. Our mission is to represent Christ in the world and demonstrate the same unity which is apparent in the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, eternally inseparable.
‘FIVE-A-DAY’ used to refer to the recommended personal intake of fruit and vegetables in a period of twenty-four hours.
In our house, we now use the phrase to describe the number of ‘cold calls’ we can expect to receive over the phone in any one day.
Extremely irritating on most occasions! And the intruders are not always as polite as they might be.
I’ve been wondering about another type of ‘five-a-day’ ...
How about pursuing prayer in that way? Some do engage in this practice already, I am aware. And the Bible supports the idea, King David being recorded as giving high priority to this exercise.
Psalm 5, verse 3, for example: ‘Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; morning by morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation’. Not only then, but at intervals throughout each day, and even in the night hours, as he tells us in his memoirs. Jesus, the same of course.
We could do no better than emulate such people. Right? Just a thought.