The Wrong Sort

The Times did a superb article today on Shannon Matthews,  www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article5289383.ece and www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article5289446.ece suggesting that she came from the wrong sort of family for many to care. I have no answers to all this as I have spent most of my ministry asking questions about families like the Matthews and wondering does the church make a difference  to the pain of those trapped in areas like this or does the church even care? There was a disturbing phrase in the article which choked me up somewhat  “On Dewsbury Moor, the badge of emotional and economic deprivation is being passed seamlessly from parents to children.”

I just spent the rest of the day asking questions about the role of the church with those in the poorer areas of our urban cities and what do we pass on to them, but then  is the church too busy doing born again aerobics, cookery classes, bible studies and praise services to even think about Shannon Matthews.

Just wondering was Jesus born in a area like Dewsbury Moor, or does Jesus love Shannon Matthews?

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4 Responses to The Wrong Sort

  1. The key question is not so much does Jesus love Shannon Matthews, because most people would say that he does.
    There are two more difficult questions:
    What are we going to do to show that love?
    Does Jesus love Karen Matthews, her mother?
    This latter question is all the more important in the light of the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire saying we should judge Karen Matthews, not pity her… and that this was a principle worth applying to society in general.

  2. ellietheelf says:

    Yes we all know deep down inside Jesus does love both mum and daughter I guess the difficulty as you say it is very deep down inside and that love does not get shown by the church in general, too many people relate more to the Chief Constable.

  3. drgbrown says:

    I remember lamenting the lack of church presence in a depressed area of our city where I worked for awhile. Later I actually got to know more people outside my workplace and found a number of wonderful Christian churches and programs, that just did not look like my own. They were meeting in wasted warehouse space and small buildings. The pastors live in the community and work other jobs to support their work. I am sometimes privileged now to sit and pray with them. And they also struggle with, how does love actually transform a place society has allowed (dare I say selected) to become exactly what it is. I have grown to greatly admire their faith, and their service in the face of what seem to be overwhelming odds. I have also learned that many of them are the lives transformed by the love of others before. They are bright lights in places we allow to remain dark. peace

  4. Whilst I too lament the fact that too often the church turns its back on the most difficult areas and people… I also have the privelege to witness the faithful work of churches and individual Christians who buck the trend. And they truly are glimpses of grace worthy of celebrating in advent.

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