Melbourne is a great great city. Full of vibrant life and activity. It is also a godless city. It’s hard to find reliable numbers, but it’s pretty clear that the vast majority of people in Melbourne have no interest in the God of the Bible, or the good news about Jesus - it’s just irrelevant (at best). In fact antipathy towards biblical christianity and some of it’s values is pretty clear in both public and private life. So most of us have regular firsthand experience of how difficult it can be to engage the average Aussie in any kind of gospel conversation - let alone bring them along to church. So how does God feel about this great city Melbourne? Listen to these wonderful words which conclude the book of Jonah:
“Should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 people who do not know their right hand from their left…”.
That’s how God felt about the great godless city of Nineveh, and so he sent his servant Jonah to warn them and save them his terrible justice that was soon to fall on them. So I don’t think it’s unreasonable to assume that God feels just the same way about this even greater city of Melbourne - with its four million people who do not know their left hand from their right. And that is very good news. It means God has not given up on Melbourne - he loves this great city, and is determined to save countless people in it from his terrible coming justice.
Be prepared for God to remind over us the next four weeks that he loves his lost world - even when we don’t.