Personally I dislike the way that marginalised groups add “ophobia” to the end of their title and claim foul play, so I was horrified to see politicians and the media doing the very same thing to the Christian faith…. …Having said that, if we look past the strap line it is encouraging to see the way that more and more Christians are speaking out in defence of their faith and are demanding their freedom to live according to scriptural principles, rather than “Political Correctness”.
So far this week we have seen the following public stands: The Observer contained an article by Cristina Odone, who was shocked by the secularisation of a carol service she was banned from reading at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2220462,00.html , and Andrea Williams, of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship, was invited onto Simon Mayo’s Radio 5 show to discuss with other guests what it is like to live as a Christian in the UK in 2007 http://www.ccfon.org/mediacentre.php?avid=19&avap=1. Also we have seen Mark Pritchard MP calling for a debate on Christianophobia. A copy of his press release entitled “MPs to debate ‘Rising Christianophobia’” can be found at http://www.markpritchard.com/search/article.php?id=925.
So what is the message here? Well, to quote the Four Tops, “it’s the same old song”. Whatever station we have in life, whether we have a high or low profile in our community, or indeed nationally, we must ensure we are salt and light, we must keep standing up and congratulating the good and standing against the bad at all levels of society.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)