Former Archbishop of
, Lord Carey
caused a bit of a stir over the weekend with his attack on the Prime Minister
over his ‘aggressive secularisation’ of the Canterbury .
In a Daily Mail article he criticised David Cameron’s support for gay marriage
and because of the government’s position on Christian workers sacked for
wearing a cross. UK
The former Archbishop suggested that this undermined Cameron’s commitment to the right of Christians to exercise their faith. He went on to suggest that a significant majority of Christians felt like a ‘persecuted minority.’ Although he acknowledges that ‘few in the
are actually persecuted he clearly suggests that some are and that there is a
real danger of this happening.
Now I would normally be the last person to defend Mr Cameron whose political policies are so damaging to the poor. But this is a disturbing article in so many ways.
Firstly, he seems to show no real grasp of what persecution actually is. Early Christians were imprisoned, tortured and killed because of what they believed. Paul writes to theThessalonians – ‘In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know.’ He tells the Corinthians – ‘Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones.’ That is persecution.
Romanian Pastor, Richard Wurmbrandt was imprisoned for 8 ½ years for standing up for what he believed in. He was then sentenced to a further 25 years for continuing to preach following his release. He was subjected to physical and psychological torture. That is persecution.