… they dragged Jason and some believers before the city authorities, shouting, ‘These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here…(Acts 17:6 NRSV)
Jesus turns the world upside down! Through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ there came into the world a new power that transforms human character and human communities; and liberates us from anxiety, fear, meaninglessness, transience, evil, ignorance, guilt and shame. Created humanity, in need of salvation, must realise that the culture and institutions they create are also in need of redemption, not simply of modernising.
The world, and my world, can be turned upside down with new life, hope, forgiveness, peace and joy. There is strength and wisdom to be found in the power of the Holy Spirit to face the challenges of today. We can look ahead with confidence knowing that Jesus Christ has authority over every aspect of our lives and our nation.
This remains the first priority of my ministry, as a 'Watchman for the North', to take a lead by preaching, by public address and by informal discussion, in sharing this Good News of God with the people of England.Inauguration address by Archbishop John Sentamu (2005)
So the call is to live and be good news to everyone. It would be fantastic if people not only said of Jesus Christ, "What sort of man is this?" but said of us, his followers, "What sort of people are they? Their gracious actions, and the language on their lips is of God's goodness and love. Let us get to know them. There is something extraordinarily normal and wonderful about them."
This is an extract from the Archbishop's Inauguration Address at York Minster (2005)