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?