A recent article published by the BBC reported that the G8 summit has revealed that there is a $19bn gap in pledges to donate money towards aid in poor countries. David Cameron has made it clear that the UK is interested in foreign affairs, which indeed includes foreign aid money. Unfortunately, Mr Cameron has said that the G8 don’t seem to feel the same way, especially after the revelation of the significant gap in money that needs to be met.
He has also stated that Britain is going to be tough on other world leaders to make sure that they deliver their promises, just as the UK is doing.
However, certain MPs are worried that Britain is becoming a ‘soft touch’ to foreign countries, and that people are walking all over us.
I have a fundamental objection to this sort of attitude. It is by faith, love and charity that this country was built to it’s glory. Admittedly, governments and powers have strayed off the track when it comes to the British ideal, and things have gone wrong. But everything that defines us as a democratic society which cares about injustice should not be put into question over fears that people may think we are a soft touch.
Being a soft touch isn’t the issue here. It’s making sure that countries receive the same benefits and quality of life that we in the UK receive. OK, there are critical flaws in our society, there are injustices in our society and there are certainly things that need to be sorted out and stopped in our society. But our society has its roots in the lives of many active political campaginers who sought to make the world a better place.
Isn’t that the reputation that we as the British nation should be seeking? We should be wanting to be a country who stamps out social injustice, pain, poverty and cruelty.
Our God given wealth, status and position has put us in a place where we can offer this to countries which don’t have those attributes. Indeed, Jesus was the revolutionary who first talked about setting the captive free and breaking the bonds of injustice.
His manifesto for injustice should be ours too. Jesus was clearly a person who stood up for the captives and victims of injustice, spoke out against it (Luke 4) and acted upon his words by doing whatever he could to meet those sorts of people at their point of need.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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“When God closes a door, he opens a window.”
Sounds to me like he’s preparing for a sh*t.
I’m sorry Mike, but what does this meaningless comment have to do with the post in question?
I only allow constructive comments and good mannered debate on here. Not some random muttering.
I guess it’s not entirely relevant to the post. But can you deny it makes sense? I think NOT.
Worship and social justice go hand in hand.
We cannot claim to worship our God in Spirit & Truth until we live the worship outside the Church.
A worshiper who does not stand up for justice is not much of a worshiper of the God of justice.
Amen to that! Us Christians need to have the attitude of worship when it comes to social justice! Thanks for posting! Please continue to get involved 🙂
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