David Cameron Updates Christ
“If our Lord Jesus was around today,” says the youngest British prime minister in the last 200 years, “he would very much be backing a strong agenda on equality and equal rights, and not judging people on their sexuality.” Thus does David Cameron justify his support of civil partnerships for gays, an unusual position for a Tory.
Cameron has done the creative service of rendering Christianity’s founder politically correct just in time for his new administration. The task of projecting the teachings of Christ concerning sexual behavior into the 21st century clearly required certain changes. Consider these updates to some key texts:
Christ to the woman caught in adultery: “Neither do I condemn you; go, and lobby against those who do.” (Jn 8:11)
Christ on what makes a person unclean: “What comes out of a man is what defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man, except in the context of a stable relationship.” (Mt 7:20-23)
St. Paul on following Christ: “But fornication and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is fitting among saints. Be wise as serpents, therefore, and call all sexual attraction marriage.” (Eph 5:3)
St. Paul on the law: “Now we know that the law is good, if any one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, immoral persons, sodomites, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the glorious gospel of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. Thus the principles of the law, being fundamentally discriminatory, require frequent change.” (1 Tim 1:8-12)
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Posted by: bkmajer3729 -
Dec. 08, 2017 6:25 PM ET USA
Courage, faith and devotion to God's law are not transferable. This is ridiculous. Ok, that's it - please stop praying for the souls in Purgatory and others on earth. By all means, please do not offer up any sacrifice for the aid of another through the greater honor and glory of Our Lord. Be it God's favor that none of us writing or reading these essays ever has to face that ultimate test; and if we do may Our Lord provide the saving Grace to stand for Him in the face of certain death.
Posted by: bkmajer3729 -
Dec. 08, 2017 6:18 PM ET USA
The fact is every time we sin, we deny Christ. Just not all of those times are in dramatic test with a knife to a throat. Why do all these "great" writers and film-makers want to portray human weakness as a moral limit - as though no one can rise above weakness. Well, we can't on our own. But what about Anne Frank, Viktor Frankl, Max Kolbe, Maria Goretti, Edith Stein, Martin Luther King Jr, Karol Wojtyla, Peter, I just cannot help but wonder would they agree denial of Christ is prudent?
Posted by: -
Dec. 04, 2017 4:06 PM ET USA
The key is believing in the Resurrection. This life will end, but the new life will not. What does one gain by losing one's soul? "They loved their lives not even unto death" and in Hebrews 4:12 we are exhorted to resist sin even to the point of death. Thank you for your clarity on this issue!
Posted by: Jeff Mirus -
Dec. 03, 2017 9:19 AM ET USA
Leopardi: I certainly never meant to give the impression that we could guarantee the reception of sanctifying grace by others. But the distinction is irrelevant here. The point is that we cannot do more for those in question by breaking with God in order, in effect, to use our own powers on their behalf, than we can by being faithful to God and trusting in his immeasurably greater ability to do good for those we mistakenly think we could help more. This includes, of course, a possible grace of conversion which, in their decisive moment of suffering, could lead them to accept or use the graces (in this case already received in baptism) that will bring them decisively into union with God.
Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 -
Dec. 02, 2017 2:32 PM ET USA
Thanks for this excellent article.
Posted by: Leopardi -
Dec. 02, 2017 1:55 PM ET USA
Your elegantly made points on the wrongness of apostasy are partially convincing. The glaring exception is the suffering of another (or thousands of others) by one's courageous resistance to forced apostasy. Certainly there can be no 'flood of sanctifying grace' for those whose persecution was not the result of their own free will. Courage, faith and devotion to God' law are not transferable.
Posted by: claude-ccc2991 -
Dec. 02, 2017 12:46 PM ET USA
I've read Silence. U hit the core of your essay in 2 statements, that Christ answered the question 4us by words directed @us in Scripture (Mt 10:28-33) &the Father answered the question by allowing Jesus 2go thru His Passion - both of which R related 2your statement that God can do so much more 4us than we or anyone else can do 4ourselves. 2 put your statements another way, the wrong answer is reached when people allow their affective faculty 2overwhelm reason, a rampant error in our time.
Posted by: -
Jun. 16, 2010 9:00 AM ET USA
Hey, rewriting the Bible worked for Martin Luther, why not David Cameron?