I haven't been following the news much this week, but I was struck by Timothy Moore's blogpost about the protest outside St Paul's and I have to say that from what I have heard about the protest I agree with him.
I appreciate the Health and Safety aspect but these protesters do not want to make life difficult for tourists or worshippers, they want to protest against the corrosive abuses within our society. Namely greed! Christ , as it is said, mixed with the poor and vulnerable and, yes there is nothing wrong with being rich (so long as ones wealth is used wisely), but wealth is not to be worshipped and it is sad that some churches which operate near the City of London, do seem to largely ignore the responsibility side of what the Bible says about money so as not to cause offence and yes one should avoid offence, but not at the cost of diluting the Gospel.
In a similar vein I caught a repeat of that infamous debate between Michael Palin and John Cleese Vs the then Bishop of Southwark and Malcolm Muggeridge on BBC Four on Wednesday night. Repeated from Nov 1979 it makes riveting television although as a Christian I feel embarrassed by Muggeridge and Mervyn Stockwood (the said Bishop of Southwark). I didn't fully agree with Cleese and Palin, but I love the film and accept their premise that the film attacks the inconsistency of followers, not Christ himself. As it was Muggeridge and Stockwood turned it into a slanging match complete with insults ("You'll get your thirty pieces of silver!" from Stockwood).
Please remind me of this in future, but Christians are called to love ones neighbour and ones enemies and even if it was playing to the gallery (which would be more disgusting), it is ones duty to listen and learn. Stockwood and Muggeridge found themselves up a blind alley and did not do that and sadly probably turned a lot of people away from looking at a relationship with Christ in one night.