The Bishop of Croydon has been brave.
I’ve not read Nick Baines’ book. I’m not likely to. It’s not personal, it’s just that my life is littered with unread literature. I’ve learnt to be ruthless. And this one doesn’t make the cut. I might just listen to the Church House Publishing Podcast if I get the chance. I’d like to hear why he decided to write it. And I suppose that after that I might just be persuaded to add it to a lengthy literary wish list!
But if the BBC are to be believed the Bishopof Croydon has laid into Christmas. Or at least the way we celebrate it. Brave man. It’s a good tactic to get on the telly but it’s unlikely to win the applause of the Anglican faithful. But perhaps he’s not preaching to the choir. He seems intent on separating the truth of Christmas from the dross. And I applaud that. I owned the embarassment that he refers to last weekend when I caught myself singing ‘the little Lord Jesus no crying he makes’. And I was on my own. I especially like his suggestion that we change the carol to ‘O Come all ye Faithless’. Nice. It reminds us, after all, that God sent His Son not simply for the faithful few but for the faithless masses.
The Bishop said this,
‘All sorts of fantasies have grown up around Christmas and it has been sentimentalised into the sort of anaemic tameness that has made many people think of it as nothing more than some sort of a fairy story – which is nothing short of tragic, because nothing could be further from the truth’.
I agree with him. I just think he’s brave!