David Cameron recently said that the UK is a Christian country, “and we should not be afraid to say so”. This declaration came in a speech for the King James bible 400th anniversary celebration. Forgive me but at the time I was a little cynical of his motives. Therefore I thought I would put this quote to the test on Monday, and purchased a Daily Mail newspaper to see if there was anything inherently Christian within. To those that listened to my “thought for the day” I admitted it was painful buying the Daily Mail as it is nothing more than headlines and pictures, to which I received considerable abuse! I can honestly say that I found nothing that was overtly Christian. The closest I got was a small piece claiming that European gangs are targeting our churches, plundering their valuables and selling them on the continent. Not really what I was looking for.
I’m not sure what I was hoping to find. However I was encouraged by an article in the Guardian the other day which upholds a Christian world view that I sit more easily with. The full article is worth reading but compares the government response to the rich and the poor. Perhaps if Mr Cameron feels that we are a Christian country he should put Mr Monbiot’s words in his pipe and smoke that! Steady, steady Rev. Santry!
George Monbiot writing in the Guardian has this wonderful opening swipe at the government. “When governments seek to protect the rich from the poor, they act swiftly and decisively. When they undertake to protect the poor from the rich, they fanny about for years until the moment has passed.” FULL GUARDIAN ARTICLE