Thursday, 1 December 2011

Wrong Message Wrong Time

You know my feelings on this stuff. I don't like or subscribe to the premis that Christians feel a shame from which they can distance themselves in this initiative. It is a campaign rooted in the negative and more than piggy-backs on the captivating 'not afraid' movement that went viral some time ago. 

However, today is Not Ashamed Day  - December 1st, at St. Paul's Cathedral. Were the campaign called 'Proud' I might have a sympathy, but I know no shame in my God, the Christ, or his Gospel. I am not persecuted and do not believe that any Christian in Britain is persecuted. We might be marginalised in some circumstances, but not persecuted. No. No. No.

Now it might just be me, but this wholly poorly timed. There is a community in Britain who live life knowing a shame that is projected upon them, and that is not of their making or choosing - or deserved. There are those in this country who know persecution in the real sense of the word, not in the sense that in encompassed by the slight infringements of the rights of choice that some Christians feel that they have had violated. I speak of the remarkable community of those who live with HIV. Today is World Aids Day.

I question the need to stand before a cathedral church with pamphlets and proclaim the great 'Woe is Me' when we as Christians should be laying aside our own needs and reaching out to those whose lives have been utterly changed by a disease. That I cannot wear a crucifix over my Tesco uniform will not cost me my sleep or my life. Aids would. Taking the 'shame' and 'persecution' platform on this day of all days seem like a colossal home goal. 

Were we ever ashamed? No. Should we care for those who life hangs in the balance day by day? Yes. 


  1. The Churchwarden1 December 2011 at 15:27

    Well said!

    It had never occurred to me that I was expected to be ashamed of being a Christian (or that anyone should be ashamed of being a faithful adherent to any other serious faith) until this bunch of professional victims started jumping around seeking attention. Fortunately their entirely misplaced sense of shame keeps them out of my neck of the woods, by and large.

  2. Thanks for a vital, thought provoking post.

  3. While I agree with your point and balance cf HIV (I'm not aware of the specifics of what's going on st St Pauls) The wearing of "I'm not ashamed" wrist bands has caught the imagination of some young people as a way to differentiate from a crowd/peer pressure that actually doesn't encourage christian faith any more. In the same way as the wearing of label badges was 20 year ago. In that sense I think it's a good thing.

  4. I'm completely with you. It makes me so angry, these people claiming to be persecuted when there are Christians in other countries being martyred for their faith. I hope you don't mind, but I have added my two-euros worth at Always Hope.

  5. Very well said, David. I don't think this is bad timing, in the sense of being accidentally poor timing. I think it's quite deliberate and very well-timed from their point of view, a point of view which, like you, absolutely cannot share.



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