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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

More anti-Christ(ian) blasphemy.

The following is the text of a letter that I have just sent to The Herald newspaper. It will be interesting to see whether, or not, it is published and, even if it is, how much editing it will have suffered!

Today’s Herald newspaper contains a report of a demonstration that was held, last night, in the centre of Glasgow. More than 300 people protested outside the Tron Theatre in which a publicly-funded play, that portrays the Lord Jesus as a transsexual woman, was being performed, as part of “… the Glasgay! arts festival, Scotland’s annual celebration of homosexual culture, which receives funding from Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Arts council”. (The Herald, in loc).

This is yet another example of the way in which the Christian faith, and the Christ Whom it reveres, are being mocked, marginalised, and macerated. It’s becoming something of a cliché, but I wonder if the producers, and performers, would be as ready to put on a similar event that would portray Muhammad in the same way?! Somehow, I think that I already know the answer to that particular question!
The one positive outcome of this situation is that it has brought together members of a wide spectrum of people – from members of the Church of Rome to members of Glasgow’s Zion Baptist Church, probably best-known for its former pastor, the late Rev Jack Glass.

As a taxpayer, I object, strongly, to my taxes being used to fund such blasphemous events as this, and the recent ‘exhibition’ that encouraged members of the public to graffiti a copy of the Bible. However, as a disciple of Jesus, I also remember two specific quotations from the Bible. From the Old Testament: “I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it. In due time their feet will slip. Their day of disaster will arrive, and their destiny will overtake them.” (Deut.32:35; cf Rom.12:9) and, from the New Testament: “Don't be misled. Remember that you can't ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow!” (Gal.6:7).

In more than fifty countries in the world, Christians are being actively persecuted for their faith – harassed; arrested (often without charge); imprisoned (in horrendous conditions) and mistreated; even murdered (seven men recently crucified in Sudan; others, including women and a child, burned alive in Pakistan). Could it be that even this country will eventually see such persecution become common-place? Sadly, there is no guarantee that this will not happen.

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