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Letter from the Minister - July 2009
So parliament has a new speaker and we wish him well. There is no doubt that our faith in our democratic institutions has been profoundly shaken by recent revelations. But our disenchantment has been increasing long before this. Judging by the way we no longer are bothering to vote. (Barely 10% this time, down from 75% in 1970's.) We are sick and tired of being lied to and by sense of powerlessness that a seemingly ineffective political process brings. How far are we away from the scenes in Iran I wonder?
He calls on all Christians to be fully involved in the political process and to work to be salt and light in these situations. That it ay we are honoured to host the Civic service on the Sunday 19th July when our Borough Mayor Pat Warby and many mayors from West Suffolk will attend and ask God for his help in the years that lie ahead.
He also restores the fallen. We expect him to forgive us when we fail, can we forgive our leaders as he does? King David was forgiven, for many sins including murder and adultery. We also need to learn the lessons of History. One of the most effective politicians this country has ever produced was another David. David Lloyd George. (Founder of the welfare state from which we all benefit today) He had a very questionable moral background despite having a Christian upbringing. If he was in politics today and revelations of his private life came out, he would be drummed out of office inside a week, but his great work would never have been completed.
So what to do
I am the Reverend Canon Jonathan Ford and I have been Minister here since 1990. I am ordained in the Church of England Ministry, married to Jane, and have two daughters Elizabeth who is married to Richard; and Rebeccawho is married to Andrew.