Dominic Cummings, Church of England bishops and righteous anger

May 27, 2020 by

by David Baker, Christian Today:

What lies behind the drama that has somehow managed to envelope not only Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson, and Church of England bishops – but even the front page of that sage political journal, the Daily Star?

The answer is anger. There are many people right now very angry with Dominic Cummings, feeling that he has flouted lockdown rules that he helped draw up. And there are quite a few people who are angry with those who are angry about him, feeling he was merely looking after his family and didn’t actually break any rules. He may (or may not) have resigned by the time you read this, no doubt prompting more anger either way.

There are quite a few people who right now are very angry about Church of England bishops speaking out en masse about Dominic Cummings, believing they are embracing some trendy left-wing politically correct agenda. And there are quite a few people who are angry with those who are angry with the bishops, believing that the bishops are rightly speaking prophetically into a life-and-death situation which touches on major issues of justice.

The shocking truth that lies underneath all these threads is our human tendency to anger – and much of it in all of us seems very far from being righteous.

Anger and blame are engrained in all our hearts – yours and mine. How easily anger towards others flares up – and a desire to blame. We see this tendency in all humanity in the primeval narratives of Genesis. Adam sins, and immediately seeks to blame someone else: ‘The woman made me do it,’ (Genesis 3v12-13) he asserts. Their son Cain murders his brother Abel and is described as ‘very incensed’ (Genesis 4v5).

Anger and blame: the two things we have all been doing since the earliest times, and which now continue to this present day, magnified by 24-hour rolling news channels (there is too much news sometimes!) and by social media.

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