Saturday

A Twitter conversation with an adviser to the Church of England

Tom Sefton

A pregnant woman has to walk 4.5 miles to collect a food parcel from a foodbank in B’ham. Is this the kind of society we want to live in?

 

James Bartholomew

@TASefton Is it a problem for the church that it is now seen as a body which demands government action on poverty rather than acting itself?

 

Tom Sefton

Foodbank I visited is run by an amazing church that IS acting. But, I don’t think Church can replace welfare state, do you?

 

James Bartholomew ‏@JGBartholomew

@TASefton I agree church cannot replace the welfare state but it gains respect for its charity, not for being the Labour party at prayer.

 

Tom Sefton ‏@TASefton

@JGBartholomew Church’s role is not only about charity, but also to speak out on behalf of the poor. This is biblical, not party political.

 

James Bartholomew ‏@JGBartholomew

@TASefton Idea that church has biblical endorsement for demanding ever more generous government welfare is unjustified and gives offence.

 

15 hrsTom Sefton ‏@TASefton

@JGBartholomew Bible says “defend the rights of the poor and needy”. Not unlimited welfare, but ensuring cuts don’t hit poorest hardest.

 

15 hrsJames Bartholomew ‏@JGBartholomew

@TASefton I won’t try to continue to debate in 140 characters but I wd be grateful if you could let me know where to find this quote. Rgds J

14 hrsTom Sefton ‏@TASefton

 

@JGBartholomew Proverbs 31:9, but also Psalms 82:3, Isaiah 10:1-2, Jeremiah 22:16, etc. This is why Bishops are speaking out in the Lords.

11 hrsTom Sefton ‏@TASefton

 

@JGBartholomew And one last question for you. I’m interested in why you think the Church might offend by speaking out on these issues.

 

3 minsJames Bartholomew ‏@JGBartholomew

@TASefton Church offends by implying that good, charitable people who take a different view on how best to help the poor are immoral.

 

  1. Charity did not always help even the ‘deserving’ poor.
  2. The Archbishop criticises capitalism
  3. Old Cliftonian magazine review of The Welfare State We’re In
  4. Review by Peter Lilley
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One Response to A Twitter conversation with an adviser to the Church of England

  1. David says:

    “A pregnant woman has to walk 4.5 miles to collect a food parcel from a foodbank in B’ham. Is this the kind of society we want to live in?”
    I want the father of the child to do it.
    Jesus said “He who has not sinned cast the first stone” when asked to condemn a woman caught in adultery.
    He didn’t say “Throw money at her”.

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