Sunday, 16 December 2018

Thought for the week

I THOUGHT that it was time to ensure never being invited to dinner parties again by discussing the

I THOUGHT that it was time to ensure never being invited to dinner parties again by discussing the two conversation subjects forbidden from social gatherings — religion and politics. So here goesâ?¦

It was great to see our councillors in the market place last weekend, serving behind stalls of plants to ensure our town will bloom during the summer.

I cannot remember which party they all represent and I am not sure that I care. Why should we worry under which party banner they stand when they are our own known neighbours who give up their time and energies and who we trust to act on our behalf?

Politics is less important than trust and principle. The labels we attach to people can distract from their intentions. It is understandable but sad that the public continues to distrust its politicians and yet we rely upon them to ensure our country’s stability.

The adversarial nature of politics can lead to over-generous political promises to ensure success but what we yearn for is a group of trusted human beings who will make the wise choices on our behalf, even when faced with the unpredictable nature of world events over which we have no control. It is a case of more humanity and less of the machinery of politics.

So where is the connection to religion?

In a recent survey of church membership, it was revealed that the number of Anglicans continues to decline and the only denomination not losing members are the Roman Catholics, attributed in the survey to immigration from Catholic eastern Europe.

What is not mentioned in the survey is the actual number of Christians but merely different and separate denominations.

History shows us that divisions and even wars have been fought over specific aspects of the human constructs which divide Christian from Christian.

The labels become banners to defend rather than an opportunity to widen understanding. It is the same in other faiths, where Sunni fights against Shiite and fundamentalists rage against the world. What is lost in all this human angst is the simple faith in a greater being.

As in politics, what is needed is less of an emphasis on labels and a return to trust and principle. In the case of religion, what we need is less humanity and more spirituality. Faith is a special relationship with God who guides our actions, not a church council.

So there you go. This should bar me from any future social gatherings.

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