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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Water - it' so precious!

When NASA, etc., send probes to Mars in order to seek signs of life, the one thing above all that they look for is H2O - water!  This is because, for life as we know it, water is absolutely essential

In France, water is metered.  Residents pay for what they actually use.  For us, used to paying a flat water rate regardless of usage, this has meant becoming somewhat creative in our use, and recycling, of that precious commodity.  When we are here, in France (and I know that the same thing applies to other countries, and even to some parts of the U.K.). we are more conscious than usual of the value of water.

For some of course, the lack of fresh, clean, water is the source of disease and even death.  That is why a number of Christian organisations, and individuals, work to provide proper water facilities for those who do not have them.  Our good friends, Chas and Jenny Tanner, continue to work on water projects (among other things) in Nepal.  In Wishaw Baptist Church, members have been supporting the organisation Samaritan's Purse, in an annual project to provide good water supplies.  These, and others, are worthy of any financial support that any readers of this blog feel led to offer!

Water is also referred to, many times, in the Scriptures of the New Testament.  Perhaps one of the best-known incidents that has a "high water content" (!) is recorded in John 2.  It's the account of the wedding feast in Cana of Galilee, to which Jesus and His disciples had been invited.   Then, the unthinkable happened!   Their supply of wine ran out.  In a culture in which hospitality has a very high place, such a thing would have been an embarrassment at any time - but at a wedding!  This would have been the cause of great shame for the family.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, was there and immediately went to her Son to inform Him of this disastrous set of circumstances.  His immediate reaction seems to be rather negative (and this post is not the place to go into that topic!), but He did tell the servants to fill six large stone jars (each holding between 20 and 30 gallons!)  with water!  What a strange command!  But those servants had been well trained, and simply did what Jesus told them to do (as, indeed, Mary had instructed them).  They were than told to draw some out, and take it to the Master of Ceremonies.  When he tasted it, being something of a connoisseur, he called the bridegroom over and said "Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now." (John 2:10).

What a difference it would make in the world, in the Church, and in the lives of individual believers, if all who claim the name of Christ were to be as obedient as those Galilean servants were.  Sadly, most of us tend to question; to doubt; even to rebel!  By doing so, we not only lose out ourselves; we also ensure that others miss the opportunity to enjoy the sparkle that Jesus brings to life.  Not that being His disciple is a guarantee of an easy life in which everything falls into place to suit us!  Indeed, in spite of the message (I would claim, 'false message') preached by those in the so-called 'prosperity gospel' movement, the very opposite is more likely to be the case.  Those in the Persecuted Church know, more than any of us in the "West", what the true cost of discipleship is.  They know what it is to bear, in their bodies, the marks of Jesus (see Gal.6:17).  Many are imprisoned, in the most terrible of conditions; many are banished from home. village, country; many are martyred - sometimes parents being shot, or hacked, to death in front of their children.

However, such as these, who have drunk of the water of life (see Jn.4:14), are assured of eternal life - and that is immeasurably precious!


Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Ongoing work!

The ferry has just left Dover but, with the wonders of modern technology, a wi-fi connection is available!  We spent last night with our good friends Ruth and Harry.  It was good to catch up with their news.  Then as we sat in the lane at the Dover Ferry Terminal, my wife noticed that the vehicle in front, in the adjacent lane, had a "fish and cross" symbol on the back.  Well, those who know me will not be surprised to learn that I got out, went over and, when the occupants returned, introduced myself.  They are a delightful family, en route to Hungary (the wife hails from that part of the world), to visit grandparents - and show off the latest addition to the family!  Their little boy, Daniel, has the most beautiful smile one could ever hope to see.

Shortly, it was time to board.  We were directed to the appropriate spot,and made our way up to the passenger decks.  That was when I realised that the ferry was (is!) crawling with workmen!  However, these workmen are not on holiday.  They are repairing/refurbishing/upgrading the ferry - and doing so even as we sail across the English Channel!  It's a work in progress!

I'm thinking of a friend of some years back.  That was one of her favourite sayings.  When she spoke about her Christian life, she would always make the point that: "I'm a work in progress".

Of course, it's true for every disciple of Jesus.  Each one of us is a "work in progress".  Sanctification - the ongoing process of becoming like Jesus - is not completed until we leave our mortal bodies and slip "through the veil" into His nearer Presence.   Oh, as I mentioned some posts back, I am seen, from an eternal perspective, as if I am already fully sanctified.  But that is because I am justified - treated, not as one who is sinless, but just as if I'd never sinned.  Father God looks on me - and on you, if you are truly "in Christ" - not as I am, but as He is making me to be.  I'm an ongoing work for the Kingdom!

I trust that the workmen on board the ferry will be doing an excellent job.  I know that, in spite of the poor material with which He has to work, God the Holy Spirit is doing an excellent job on me, so that He may "... present [me] without blemish before the presence of his glory with rejoicing," (Jude 24).  Hallelujah!

Monday, 22 April 2013

The beauty of Jesus.

I don't know the exact figures, but the amount spent on cosmetics, in the so-called "developed" world, runs into hundreds of millions of pounds annually.  Many women, and not a few men, will gladly spend a small fortune in order to make themselves look as 'good' as possible - even to the extent of undergoing expensive (and not always risk-free) cosmetic surgery.

This is not, of course, a condemnation of individual make-up - some lippie, a little eye-shadow, and a new hair-do (that's just the men; I don't know enough about women!! lol).  However, the Bible makes clear that real beauty is that of character which is based on "the fear of the LORD" (Prov.31:30).

I read, some time ago, of one dear old saint (in the New Testament sense of the word) who had "permanent waves" in his face.  In other words, he had looked upon the world for so long, with a smile, and with an attitude of tranquillity and goodwill, that those 'smile-lines' were fixed on his expression.  His face had set into an abiding vision of love and contentment.  It's the kind of 'beauty treatment' that the LORD gives to His long-time friends (remember Moses? - see Ex.34:29-35); it's the answer to the prayer that some of us used to sing - "Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me".

When one Christian fellowship conducted a survey to discover what had been the most important factor in bringing people into active membership (and, one trusts, into a saving relationship with the Master!), it emerged that, for 60%, it was "personal contact with someone who showed me Jesus".

Wouldn't it be wonderful if those of us who claim to be disciples of Jesus were so open to Him, and so filled with His Spirit, that the light of His countenance would ever be mirrored to others?!

A couple of "one-liners": A loving smile adds a lot to a Christian's face value; 
                                            The best sort of tact in witnessing to Christ, is con-tact!

By the way, by the time this is being read by most folk, my dear wife and I will be en route to France, and our static caravan at Le Chêne du Lac, near Bayas.  This means that posting is likely to be irregular for the next three weeks!  However, do keep accessing the blog - I might even have something interesting to report!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Abortion does not reduce mental health risks.

Professor David Fergusson of the University of Otago in New Zealand has published a research paper on abortion and mental health which has huge implications for abortion laws.

In it he re-appraises the research on this issue and concludes that there is no evidence that abortion reduces mental health consequences for women.

This is hugely significant for the abortion law in England, Scotland, and Wales. 98% of abortions are carried out on grounds that continuing with the pregnancy constitutes a greater risk to the mother’s mental health than an abortion does.

Professor Fergusson's research therefore suggests that these abortions are technically illegal!

Philippa Taylor of the Christian Medical Fellowship gives more detail on the CMF blog which may be accessed at:

http://www.cmfblog.org.uk/2013/04/19/does-abortion-reduce-mental-health-risks-for-women-the-very-latest-research/

For those who are concerned about the number of abortions that take place in the United Kingdom, this will be very interesting reading.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Man of the people? Neither is!

Well, I hope that the title will have caught some folk's attention!  It was the best with which I could come up in a hurry, having read two of today's "inside page" news stories.

The first concerned Chinese President Xi Jinping.  It would appear that there had been media reports that he is such a "man of the people" that he was taking rides in taxis, incognito, obtaining the views of drivers, and even giving a tip!  However, the official news agency has now said that these reports were no more than a hoax.  No "man of the people" after all!

The other story was about the aptly-named Barclay's Bank executive, Rich Ricci (pronounced "Richy") who, we are informed, has decided to retire - with a "golden handshake" of some £18million from the sale of shares!  Now he had worked for the banking giant for 19 years.  Even so, that works out at just a little under £1m per year - and, of course, he was being rather handsomely paid during that period.  He apparently forfeited his 'bonus' last year - but still pocketed about £1.5m!  Just to make sure that Mr Ricci doesn't go short, he will also, apparently, receive a bonus every year during his retirement, under a scheme that was already in place!  So, hardly a "man of the people"!

I thought of Almighty God Who, in the Persona (not a typo - see the chapter on The Trinity in my book, available [at no great expense] at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009EG6TJW ) of the Son, took upon Himself human flesh, and walked among us - a Man among men.  I thought of how He listened to people, shared their pain, healed their sick.  I thought of how, at the end of His earthly life, He gave Himself over to be crucified - bearing the punishment for my sin (and yours!).   I thought of how He gave up the wonder, and beauty, of the heavenly dimension - becoming poor, that I might know His riches.

I thought - Jesus: now there was (and is) a true "Man of the people"!

An attitude of gratitude!

"Give thanks, with a grateful heart", we sometimes sing - and it's a beautiful song of praise and worship.  However, it can be quite a challenge to grow up with a truly thankful heart. From an early age we are exposed to a culture of gripers and grumblers, complainers and critics. We complain about the weather, the traffic, food, work, neighbours, bills, the government, church, and life in general. Worst of all, we are often ungrateful toward God. It would be hard to count the number of complaints and criticisms that are daily spoken before Him and against Him. How can we, who have received so much, be thankful for so little?

One of the great indicators of true spirituality is not how many times we go to the worship service, how big our Bibles are, or for how long we pray. It is measured by the level of gratitude that is in our hearts. When we are ungrateful, the heart of God is saddened, the Holy Spirit is grieved, and the joy of the Lord is quenched within us.

Being thankful sweetens you; grumbling sours you.  Being thankful brings sunshine to your countenance; being ungrateful casts a shadow.  Being thankful brings a melody to your words; criticism makes you sound like a clanging cymbal.  Being thankful keeps your feet on the pathway of celebration; complaining takes you down the road of despair. 


Paul writes: "Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (I Thess 5:16-18; emphasis added); while the Psalmist encourages us to "Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise!  Give thanks to Him, bless His Name!" (Ps 100:4; emphasis added)Indeed, if you have access to a Biblical Concordance, it would be a worthwhile exercise to look up a number of the references to "Thanks" and "Thanksgiving".  If you haven't, then you could do worse than to go to http://www.biblegateway.com/

When our hearts are filled with gratitude we may feel that our thanksgiving is inadequate - but we may be certain that it is always appropriate. It will gladden the heart of God to hear your heartfelt thanks being freely offered to Him today.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

A simple request!

I’ve just spoken up for everyone’s right to choose their religious beliefs, through Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s new ‘Operation 18’ campaign.

If you’ve got a couple of minutes, please could you sign the petition too?

http://www.csw.org.uk/operation18

They want to get 30,000 people to support it!  In this age of internet communication, that shouldn't be too difficult - as long as everyone doesn't assume that someone else will do it, with the inevitable result that no-one does it!

If (unlike me!) you are still using Facebook, or any of the other Social Media sites, would you be willing to share this message there, as well?  

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Strengthening marriage?

In the latest of the Marriage Minutes from the Coalition for Marriage, Dr Sharon James explains how, in spite of claims to the contrary, the introduction of same-gender 'marriage' will not strengthen an already beleaguered institution, but will actually weaken it.

As always, it's only a couple of minutes long - well worth using to inform yourself of some of the indisputable facts!



If you haven't yet signed the petition - either from C4M (for Westminster), or for S4M (for Holyrood), please do so.  Every signature counts, and the momentum continues to increase.  Politicians are, at heart, pragmatists.  If they realise what a vote-loser this proposal is, they will find a way to back down.  However, the only way in which they will realise it is if we tell them!  Please sign the petitions!

Monday, 15 April 2013

A spiritual MOT test!

Every year, I am obliged to present my car to a suitably registered garage for its MOT test.  If all is well, I receive the appropriate certificate - if not, I have to attend to the fault(s) which the qualified mechanic has discovered.

Although not legally necessary, I also take our touring caravan to our local dealer, on an annual basis, for a service.  Various matters are checked - electrics, brakes, evidence of damp, etc. - and whatever requires attention is attended to.

I am now at the stage in life that it is wise to visit my doctor from time to time, to have a physical check-up.  He is able to check my blood pressure, my joints, my lungs, etc. and decide if I need further treatment of any sort.

Dr W.E.Sangster, in one of his books, suggested that every disciple of Jesus needs, from time to time, to check up on his/her spiritual life.  He suggested the following check-list (slightly amended) as being helpful in this kind of self-examination:

  • am I clean in word, thought, and deed?
  • is Christ, as far as I can make Him, the Head of my home?
  • do they know that I am a disciple of Jesus where I work?
  • are other people likely to be drawn to better things for knowing me?
  • do I guard time, each day, for reading my Bible, and for prayer?
  • do I regularly attend worship services, and attend at the Lord's Table?
  • do other people find it easy to work with me in Christian service?
  • am I generous, as far as I am honestly able, to Christian work?
  • am I growing in Christ?
In the familiar words from Paul's first letter to the early believers in Corinth, he gives the words that are frequently read as disciples of Jesus approach the Lord's Table (I Cor.11:23ff), we often stop at "... you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes." (v.26).  However, the apostle continues : "Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself [or herself], and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the Body eats and drinks judgement upon himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died." (vs.27-30; emphasis added).

Perhaps more of us need to attend to that matter of self-examination - that spiritual check-up!  Of course, when we do so, we quickly realise that we are unworthy.  That's when grace comes in.  In one of the many paradoxes of the Christian Faith, it is only when I become aware of, and confess, my unworthiness, that I am made worthy!

A spiritual MOT test!  Don't make it just an annual affair!  Let those of us who bear the name of the Saviour be regular in our self-examination, and quick to deal with those matters that such an examination will reveal - knowing that we have the willing help of God the Holy Spirit in what is, in fact, the process of sanctification (but don't forget the previous post!).

Saturday, 13 April 2013

I really am perfect!

Many who read these posts will understand; some may think it is the statement of a truly crazy person; but I enjoy reading the Bible.  I haven't kept a count of the number of times I have read the complete text and, of course, there are certain books, and passages, that I have read many more times than others; but one of the things that I love - and that many others have discovered for themselves - is the way in which I may be reading a passage for the umpteenth time when, quite suddenly, I notice something that I have never noticed before.

That was my experience during my personal devotions earlier in the week.  The plan I am currently following directed me to the New Testament book of the Letter to Jewish disciples of Jesus (aka the letter to the Hebrews).  I was reading in what we refer to as Ch.10 and the first 18 verses.  It was as I read v.10 that I stopped, and read it again: "And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."

Did you notice what I had never noticed before?  It's the tense that the inspired writer uses - "... we have been sanctified ..."!  Now, in my book (you have downloaded it, haven't you?! https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009EG6TJW if you haven't!), I have a chapter on Sanctification.  It's a very important word within the Christian faith.  But I explain that it is an ongoing process.  It is the process by which the disciple of Jesus is made increasingly more like Him.  And it's a process, I explain, that is only completed when we leave these sinful, mortal bodies, and go to be with Him.

Those words in the Letter to the Hebrews show that, from the perspective of eternity (there's a useful chapter on that subject, as well!) I am already viewed as being sanctified!  In v.14, the writer goes on to say that "... by a single offering He [Jesus] has perfected for all time those who are sanctified."  Wow!  That is amazing!

So, in spite of what others may see; in spite of what I know to be true about my own life; in the eyes of Father God, I am perfect.  He sees me, covered with the righteousness of Jesus; and I am justified, in Him.  Hallelujah!

(By the way, there are chapters on righteousness and justification in my book, as well!) :-)


NIGERIA — Militants Kill 10 Family Members


It is some time since I shared, on this blog, about the persecuted church.  This is not because I am no longer aware of such persecution, but simply because I do not want to overload readers with information that is so horrific.

However, having just read this story, I feel that I want to share to with as many as possible.  Such reports do take time to get out of the country of origin, which is why they are often dated some weeks previous to the date of publication.

"Islamists (Muslim terrorists) killed 10 members of one family on Feb. 21 in an evening attack near Jos. Five of those killed were children, ranging in age from 9 months to 5 years old. At about 8 p.m., around 40 armed militants entered the home of the Musa family near the entrance of Kogom Village. They broke down the doors of a home shared by four adult siblings and their families, then brutally killed everyone they encountered with machetes and automatic rifles. Two family members in their 20s, Habila Musa, and Regina, the wife of Jacob Musa, were the only survivors of the attack. Regina is deeply traumatized; the militants killed not only her husband but also her three children, ages 9 months old, 3 years old and 5 years old."

If you are a disciple of Jesus, in the relatively free 'west', please do not forget your brothers and sisters in Christ, and their families, who suffer in ways that most of us can barely comprehend.  With Paul, they may truly say, "I bear on my body the marks of Jesus." (Gal 6:17)


Wednesday, 10 April 2013

It won't affect me - will it?!

In the latest Marriage Minutes clip, Dr James explains some of the ways by which any redefinition of marriage will affect even those - the vast majority - who would never be involved in a sexual relationship with someone of the same gender.  As many have tried to point out to the governments in both Holyrood and Westminster, if the proposed legislation were to reach the Statute Books, then it would quickly be discovered, in reality, what a 'can of worms' had been opened.

Please take the couple of minutes it takes, to listen to the clip - and please feel free to share it on your own blog, website, or social forum.  The YouTube site at which you may onbtain the embed code is

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbq74Kww8M0&feature=youtu.be

Please also keep the pressure up on your own elected representatives and, if you believe in the power of prayer, keep praying.  Contrary to what some of the popular media would have us believe, there is still all for which to fight.


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

The death is announced!

No-one will need me to tell them that the major news story at the beginning of this week has been the death of former British Prime Minister, Mrs Margaret Thatcher.  It's a story that has been broadcast all around the world - and one that has been met with either sadness or an almost obscene expression of joy.  Mrs Thatcher, it would seem, was one of those about whom it was difficult to be ambivalent!

My mind has gone back just over a week, as many of us remembered in a special way, the death by crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, almost 2,000 years ago.  He, too, was One about Whom it was (and is) difficult to be ambivalent.  He was, and is, either loved, or hated.  He cannot be ignored.

Much has already been written about Mrs Thatcher's legacy and, doubtless, much more will be written.  However the record may be biased, by friend or foe, she made, and left, her mark on not only the U.K. but also the wider world.

Much has been written about Jesus.  Some by friends; some by foes.  However, His legacy is one that no politician, however famous; no member of the aristocracy, however wealthy; no celebrity in sport, entertainment, or whatever; could ever leave.  He, and He alone, has left the offer of full salvation, purchased by the shedding of His own blood at Calvary.  That's what we remembered a week past on Friday.  It's what those of us who partake in the Lord's Supper (aka Communion; the Eucharist) remember every time we come to the Table.  It's the central message of the Gospel - "... God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us." (Rom 5:8; RSV).

But then, of course, came the Resurrection!  And here there is a great difference between the Lord Jesus and the former PM.  You see, Mrs Thatcher will rise - but to a judgement, the outcome of which it is not for me, or anyone else, to speculate.  The Lord Jesus has risen - and He is the Judge!  Those who have placed their trust in Him, in this life - be they figures on the world's stage, or social nonentities - will spend the timelessness of eternity in His glorious Presence; those who rejected, or simply ignored Him, will spend that same eternity without Him.

The question for each one of us is simple: "What will you do with this Jesus Who is called the Christ?" (see Matt.27:22).  On your answer to that question, depends your eternal destiny.  Choose life; choose Jesus.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Nuts in a Cemetery

 Sometimes, it's good to take a break from the despondency that so often seems to surround us, and have a laugh.  This story came to my mail-box today.  It made me laugh - I hope that it will, at least, make you smile!

On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old walnut tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts.

'One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me,' said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence.

Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, 'One for you, one for me, one for you, One for me...'

He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along.

'Come here quick,' said the boy, 'you won't believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls!'

The man said, 'Beat it laddie, can't you see it's hard for me to walk.' When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery.

Standing by the fence they heard, 'One for you, one for me. One for you, One for me.'

The old man whispered, 'Boy, you've been tellin' me the truth. Let's see if we can see the Lord.

Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.

At last they heard, 'One for you, one for me. That's them all. Now let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done ....'

They say the old man had the lead for a good half-mile before the boy on the bike passed him!


Of course, it's only a story!

Friday, 5 April 2013

Amazing Grace.

Yesterday, I had to go into Glasgow to attend a luncheon meeting connected with Scotland for Marriage.  Due to an unforeseen set of circumstances, I was unusually early, so decided to go for a wee wander along Sauchiehall Street.  I looked into the Savoy Centre - one of the earlier shopping malls in the city - and, as I browsed among the various units, I saw a selection of dish-towels displayed on a wall.

A number of said dish-towels had, printed on them, what were proclaimed to be "Songs of Scotland".  They had the words of some of the well-known songs - "The bonnie banks of Loch Lomond"; "Auld lang syne"; "My love is like a red, red, rose".  There were some that, I suspect, are not quite as well-known - "Westering home"; "My love is but a lassie yet"; "Scots wha hae"; and "Will ye no come back again".

However, every dish-towel had one other song.  There, for all to see, were the words of "Amazing grace"!

Now, I don't know for certain why English John Newton's old hymn should be considered to be a "Song of Scotland" - other than the fact that the tune to which it is often sung is equally often played by pipe bands.  However, I hope that many who pass by, and who purchase (or receive as a gift) such dish-towels, will read those words.

Grace, the acrostic explains, is "God's Riches At Christ's Expense".  It's what many of us where thinking about just a week ago as we remembered the crucifixion of Jesus on Mount Calvary.  As another hymn-writer has put it: "He paid the price, that I might go free".  Mankind is sinful.  I am a sinner; you are a sinner.  There is absolutely nothing that either/any of us can do about it.  All that we deserve is the righteous judgement, and the wrath, of a sinless and holy God.  Only a perfect human being could escape that wrath.

But, thankfully, He is also the God Who is Love.  Not just the highest form of love, but love itself.  Love is His essence.  Without Him, love could not exist and, we may say with all reverence, without love, He could not exist!  And, in love, He did what only He could do.  He took on human flesh, and became a Man - the perfect God-Man.  And He paid the penalty that you and I deserve to pay. 

Graham Kendrick wrote the lovely song "Come and see".  The chorus goes like this: "We worship at Your feet, where wrath and mercy meet, and a guilty world is washed by love's pure stream.  For us, He was made sin - oh, help me take it in.  Deep wounds of love cry out, 'Father, forgive'.  I worship, I worship the Lamb Who was slain."

That's what's so amazing about grace!  And it's available to all who will admit their sinfulness, and come to Him in repentance and faith.  The door is open.  Won't you come in?


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

What the public really think!

 It was, I believe, the Labour politician Harriet Harman who coined the phrase "the court of public opinion" or, if she didn't, certainly brought it to the notice of that same public.  She, of course, was comparing such a "court" with the established legal systems of the UK (plural because, of course, Scotland has its own separate system!).  However, it would be good if politicians, today, were to take some heed to what the public thinks about the issue of same-gender "marriage".

In another of the Coalition for Marriage's "Marriage Minutes", Dr Sharon James looks at public opinion on the subject - and also at how those who are pushing for marriage to be redefined, skew poll results by the content of their questioning!



Please feel free to copy any, or all, of these "Marriage Minutes" to your own blog, website, or social media site.