God's place in the community
We live in a serious world and people have a "deep hunger" to hear how God's instructions in the Bible can transform our countries and communities, political evangelist Landa Cope says.
Ms Cope, from the United States, is to visit Blenheim next week for public meetings to talk about a comprehensive biblical approach to public policy.
Her work was sparked years ago by a journalist's article about whether a Christian community would be a good community to live in, using Dallas in Texas as an example. The social demographics of that community showed that a "Christianised" society was not necessarily a good community to live in.
Since then, she has worked to show how biblical principles can transform our societies.
Ms Cope said yesterday she thought there was a deep hunger at present for this message: "People are asking great questions and they're listening very intently." The response to her message was different from country to country, always based on where the churches were at and what the country was dealing with, she said.
"Comparing it to 10 years ago, while on a previous visit, there have been a lot of changes in New Zealand, some significant suffering, and people are in a different place and asking different and harder questions.
"There's a genuine desire to grapple with hard issues and change. You don't find that all the time, only when God's been busy and ploughing up the ground. There is a great willingness to let him speak to us in areas we have perhaps not been interested in."
We were living in a very serious world, Ms Cope said.
"A lot of countries are battling on a lot of fronts, politically, economically. There is lots to think about.
"I think a lot of us like to call our country God's own country. Maybe we all are, but there's room to improve."
Ms Cope's visit is being organised by the Marlborough Community Development Trust, which works to bring transformational change to the community. The trust is an outreach arm of the Oasis Family Church, which aims to improve lives through the gospel in Marlborough.
Ms Cope's programme in Marlborough is:
Wednesday, October 31: Seminar for church leaders, Wesley Centre, Henry St in Blenheim, 2 till 5pm; public meeting, 7 till 9.30pm at Wesley Centre, Henry St.
Thursday, November 1: Business breakfast, 7.30 till 9am, Marlborough Convention Centre, Blenheim.
The Marlborough Express