All significant truths are private truths. As they become public, they cease to be truth; they become facts, or at best, part of the public character; or at worst catchwords.
Friday, 13 April 2012
Now we hear that Anglican Mainstream and Core Issues are going to sue Boris Johnson! To what end, I wonder? A statement from Anglican Mainstream, explained the action thus:
“Thanks to Boris we have been given lots of extra publicity for our side but it’s still outrageous. We’re going to throw the book at him. To have Boris’ jackboot stamp down on legitimate debate is ludicrous.”
The worst thing is the message that this risks giving to the majority of non-christians, gay or straight, about what Christians are like, our attitudes, treatment of others and the core message of Christianity. I worry that it will give the message that the Christian faith is about being on a "side", about reacting with anger and hatred and about judging and scapegoating others without seeing the plank in our own eye. Christ told us to love our neighbour. When asked, "Who is my neighbour?", he described someone whom his listeners had been taught to judge and despise.
The above is my message on the matter this evening, it is a reminder to all of us about the underlying principles that should guide our actions. The link for the bus slogan generator is here if you are inclined to invent your own!