I was saddened by the latest escapade of the Church of England as bishops enter the political arena. Conspicuously the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James had a big input into a 52-page document, written by the College of Bishops, on how to vote at the impending general election.
It was more about the gospel of Ed Miliband rather than Matthew, Mark, Luke and John! This quasi-Labour Party manifesto was also critical of ‘Thatcherism’ in the 80s when the Prime Minister of the day was trying to encourage a work ethic, a virtue conducive to Biblical teachings. A key proponent of anti Conservatism at that time was Bishop Jenkins of Durham. Yet it was the same senior cleric who is on record as doubting the virgin birth and resurrection.
Making his contribution the Bishop of Norwich said: “And while one may think that the Bishops of the Church of England don’t quite have the sex appeal of Russell Brand, we think that we should counter it.” I pray he doesn’t seek inspiration from the Bishop of Lynn’s rendition of the Trogg’s hit entitled Wild Thing, a song about a ‘foxy’ lady.
We have entered into Lent, is it too much to expect an authentic account of the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension from our clergymen at Easter, as opposed to the mantra of diversity and equality?
When I first attended a CofE Service 60 years ago, this denomination was known as the Conservative Party at prayer. It has since become the Guardian newspaper at prayer!