The gospel of woke

Jun 27, 2020 by

from Voice for Justice UK:

If I may say this with respect, though I realise it may well not be taken that way, Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, displays a truly frightening lack of understanding over what Christ actually taught.  There is a famous story in the gospels, where Peter comes to Jesus and asks, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” (Matthew 18:21).  In response, Jesus says, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.”  Note, Jesus did not say to Peter, ‘Oh, that’s an interesting one, Peter.  Has there been a rebalancing of justice?  Has the perpetrator made sufficient restitution?’

In an interview on the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning (June 26), Justin Welby, having expressed the view that some statues in Canterbury Cathedral ‘have to come down’, was asked by the interviewer if he wasn’t perhaps downplaying ‘forgiveness’, and whether people shouldn’t perhaps forgive the trespasses of those being commemorated.  Without the slightest pause, the Archbishop replied, “… there can be forgiveness, I hope and pray as we come together, but only if there’s justice.” (italics added) ( Please note, you will have to scroll through the day’s reports to find this section at the beginning of the day).

His meaning, sadly, was clear.  Britain has in the past done such terrible wrong in its contribution to the slave trade prior to abolition, that we cannot now be ‘forgiven’ unless and until we abase ourselves and erase every last trace of our history that might imply any contact with those in any way involved.  At every level, he is wrong.

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