Comments: opinion

Richard Beck piece is thought provoking, but unsound.

Of course we must be tolerant, but is tolerance the same as connivance or pretending that the narcosis of darnel and the sustenance of wheat are one and the same? They may each satisfy different kinds of hunger.

The same One who cried, 'Father forgive them for they know not what they do' on behalf of the mob scandalised by His alleged blasphemy against the temple, ALSO denounced those who contrived the slander and publicly professed a greater insight that was unfairly critical of His own, 'If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.'

Also, in Christ's explanation, the field is the world, the order of society, not the church.

Christ's message warns against pre-emtively trying to fix society by identifying some as *incapable* of growth. Adding a strong fertilizer is not the same as weeding. In fact, the vine dresser recommends that very approach to the vineyard owner in the Parable of the fruitless fig tree: 'Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”

To leave people to their own devices, as the piece proposes, would, in itself, imply that we cannot be active agents of change for the better in the world. It would imply that 'we are not thev salt of the earth', that passivity and resignation is a better approach in the face of evil, than the holding forth the hope of redemption.

Posted by David Shepherd at Saturday, 12 May 2012 at 1:28pm BST

"Also, in Christ's explanation, the field is the world, the order of society, not the church.
- David Shepherd -

The field of Christ's mission always is 'the world' The Church ought to be looking outwards towards the world's real needs - not it own internal wrangling - or, indeed, its more miserable view of faithful human relationships! The Gospel is Good News for ALL, not just the 'favoured' few.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Monday, 14 May 2012 at 10:32pm BST

Slow getting here but much enjoyed Howse's Herefordshire piece. Hereford, BTW, is still pronounced "Herford" in the US (cows).

Posted by Lapinbizarre/Roger Mortimer at Friday, 18 May 2012 at 6:51am BST
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