For once, our politicians seem to have responded to this tragedy in a mature way. Dare we hope that they’ve learned that something needs to change in our society?
Annabel Goldie talked about the “tragic exposure of
Adam Ingram, the Minister for Children, said:
“We need to … break a vicious cycle of poverty, deprivation, substance misuse which is all too evident in our society.”
“You’re never going to get a 100% fool-proof system and that’s why we have to tackle the root causes of the problems, not just the symptoms.”
Researchers have estimated that between 40,000 and 50,000 children in
And the churches said… NOTHING! At least, I haven’t heard or read anything from any of the churches.
This seems to epitomise what I referred to in my entry on the U2 lyrics. Is there a more important social issue in
What are the root causes that Adam Ingram was talking about? Poverty, deprivation, community responsibility, hope for the hopeless - amongst others?
Who - in the churches - is doing the thinking?
How do we get a conversation going about this?
Where should we be raising a prophetic voice?
How should we be demonstrating Christ’s love?
I genuinely don’t know the answers to any of these questions, bit I am convinced that if the church is to be relevant, we must tackle this type of issue - sensitively, openly, courageously and biblically.
“We do, of course, need to be wise in deciding what we should get ‘prophetic’ about, and how to pitch it… well-informed and courageous challenges to values that are inimical to the gospel and damaging to our society, will strike a chord in many people’s heart.
And we must show, by word and by life, that there is – however unfashionable – a different and better way.”
- Helen Parry (LICC)