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Sep 15, 2019

A Nation Divided

We’ve seen quite recently the publication of David Cameron’s autobiography “For The Record”- a 752 page book containing the former Prime Minister’s memoires and recollections of his time in office. Although I have yet to read it, by all accounts it contains a candid and personal reflection on amongst many things, his decision to call a referendum over our nations membership of the European Union. No doubt it will involve a disclosure of his own rationale and reasons for such a decision and may even provide a few revelations along the way.

One thing that won’t be a revelation is that as a consequence of the decision we have become a much more polarised and sectarian country and with both sides becoming more entrenched in their previously held rigid views. Parliament, that esteemed body of ‘honourable’ people, elected to represent our interests, also reflects that same diversity and extremes of view and opinion. Polarisation in our society is an increasingly worrying tendency.

But I was encouraged the other day when I came across some wise words from an American author and church leader, Rick Warren, speaking on this exact subject. I quote:

“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means that you agree with everything that they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”

In the current state of our nation with people taking diverse positions on sexuality, religion, politics, gender, ethnicity and race…the list goes on….we would do well to remember the words of Jesus when he told us that “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God….love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5).

Revd David Swannack


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