Bishop Martin writes of the “sin of racism” and the “pandemic of racism”
4 May 2021
Dear Bishop Martin
You write in last Friday’s Bury Free Press regarding “the pandemic of racism” and the sin of racism. May I express concern lest some in consequence feel excluded from the life of the church, who have no hatred or bigotry towards others but simply value difference. Did you hear David Goodhart on the challenge of difference in an egalitarian age, on last Sunday’s “thought for the day”? He would differ from you re the Sewell Report also
What of those with a love for God and other people(s) but whose vision would preferably be to conserve humanity as that has historically evolved and been God-created? In addition there appears to be no explicit sin of racism as such in the Bible or tradition. Not that it makes ‘hate’ any better but for balance it has to be said white folks also have been victims: eg the assassination of Lee Rigby, the grooming of under aged white girls, the reported rape of a 40 year man this week in Middlesbrough by a black man, etc, – such instances are only mentioned to indicate perceived racism is a universal issue
It would be unfortunate if measures the Church of England is reportedly now taking to reassure Christians of other ethnic background of their inclusion were seen by some of the faithful as the church not being on their side or “for them”. Other peoples are seen and able to have their safe spaces, why are not the English faithful per se able to do likewise?
That everyone should be unreservedly welcome is not in doubt, but that’s not the same as purposefully imposing quotas to achieve diversity. No-one conceivably would protest the appointment of a godly pastor, from whatever origin
The Church of England has long been the national established church of the English. Would it not be tragic if thought she were no longer fully loving and supporting the traditional members for who they are, also* The conversion of England has long been a prayer aim and for their salvation. (there’s also the matter of the possible withholding of giving by those disenchanted by what they understand as woke policies). Are such aspirations and goals of lesser importance than “diversity”?
You write race is a “gift”. What then of those who comment on the alteration of the demographic balance in the US, London, the UK and of all the European homelands? Is there not an aspect of racial justice in concerns by the indigenous, may this not be rightly – & justifiably – discussed?
Appreciation at increasing diversity in society by some may be seen by others not only as a loss of power but as a matter of concern for their own group’s eventual survival. Are such thoughts and concerns illicit within the love of God?
*Church of England Begins BLM-Style Review of Thousands of Monuments https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2021/05/09/church-england-begins-blm-style-review-thousands-monuments/ via @BreitbartNews