Wednesday 23 April 2014

This IS a Christian country

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, stirred up a controversy when he wrote an article for the ‘Church Times’, stating this was a Christian country. The usual collection of liberal thinkers, who would seemingly turn this country into a spiritual and traditional wilderness, eagerly responded alleging he was causing division in society. The irony is that statement is what is divisive. When you examine the name of the writers, Evan Harris, Polly Toynbee, Peter Tatchell, that says it all; notable liberals recognised by their total intolerance. Well has it been said there is no one so illiberal than a liberal; no reasonably responsible person should take their letter seriously. Most of them would campaign against anything that suggested a traditional form of morality or any belief contrary to their own liberality.

Christianity to most of the writers would be beyond their understanding, producing something offensive to their line of thought. To suggest that the teaching of a set of morality and ethics written so long ago could be applied to today’s society would be totally unacceptable. Our laws were based on the Ten Commandments and our ethics are based on Christian values. This is irrefutable.

This country is most certainly a Christian one, and to their great credit some ethnic leaders of other faiths have confirmed their support for the statement.

Whilst every Christian would welcome a repentant sinner and be ready to forgive a persons past errors, one does have to be careful and consider the veracity of the current pronouncements. David Cameron is not the best of people to advance the cause of Christianity in consideration of his known crave for publicity. He has chosen to make this Christian call just a month before a vital election for his Party; a short time after a poll suggested the Christian vote was going to UKIP. It was he who forced the same sex marriage act through ‘with a passion’, despite having once stated he would not. Despite it being against the wish of his party; despite the opposition of the Chburch he is now so fond of. and a realisation his disastrous passion lost him many traditional Conservative votes, whilst gaining few from the homosexual lobby, plus of course the fact that his Church attendance is severely limited. Hardly an evangelical approach. For all his faults, Tony Blair at least proved his commitment to Christianity.

The Christian message however is being diluted for fear of upsetting non believers and other faiths. We have just passed through one of the two great Christian festivals. Our whole faith is based on the Cross and Resurrection, it is the foundation of our faith and yet we have Bishops pontificating on poverty on Easter Sunday, or like another Bishop obsessed with gay rights..

The entire Christian ministry over the past week-end should have been on the sacrifice of our Lord and His glorious Resurrection, with the message of hope it brigs to all who turn to Christ. Instead I read bishops are dealing with semi political messages, relating to cuts and poverty. There is not doubt some people are really really experiencing hardship, but many more are trading on the goodwill of others. If we want to show real poverty we should show pictures of Sao Paulo and some villages on the continent of Africa. Everywhere I go I see people with ipads, smartphones etc, which are hardly things you buy with pennies.

The Bishop of Oxford has been pictured visiting the Prime Minister’s Office with a petition relating to poverty. I never saw a similar picture of protest when the same sex marriage act was being proposed from the same office..

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