Saturday, 10 May 2014

Independence and Jesus

 

The Telegraph carries this headline,

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Rev John Ross states,

Despite the fact that a majority of Scottish people (54 per cent) consider themselves Christian, in an independent Scotland, as a matter of public policy, and for the first time since the Reformation, Christianity will be deprived of its status as the national religion.

I struggle with this call to vote No.

 

Why is it so important that Christianity is the national religion?  It’s a label and no more.  The label doesn’t affect me and my faith, doesn’t affect Jesus, the Bible, God.  Christianity being the national religion doesn’t make the country any more or less Christian.  Only the Word of God and the work of his children will make Scotland a truly Christian country.

Scotland will become a Christian country as more and more turn to Jesus and as those, like me, who call ourselves Christian live our lives closer to God.

The Bible and not the label.

14 comments:

  1. So totally agree with you, Calum!

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  2. Why am I not surprised you agree with me? We're thousands of miles apart but yet close.

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  3. Ah... The Reverend John Ross has just added another "Reason to consider voting Yes" to that side of my two piles of reasons (one for Yes, one for No). The funny thing is most of the things that I have recently added to the Reasons to consider voting Yes pile are statements from the No campaign intended to make me consider voting No. Fascinating.

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  4. I don't understand, Andrew. was this a YES for Independence?

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  5. Calum, we have the same faith. It has nothing at all to do with organised religion.

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  6. Andrew, your comment is cryptic. Care to tell us why his comments are added to your YES pile?

    Claude Yes!!!

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  7. I don't see it as cryptic at all, indeed as rather obvious... The further the gap between the business of government and any religion the better pleased I will be. And so the Reverend's view, if true, would push me towards voting Yes, but... my decision has not been made yet. I am interested in how things will develop further and in whether the Yes campaign can mess things up more than the No campaign, because both are spouting much bollocks so far as I can see.

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  8. Anyway,my choice may become academic because I am thinking of applying for Irish citizenship, using a weak genetic connection, because I have been told writers pay next to no tax in Ireland due to some concession scheme (will have to check up on that) and my writing income has risen about five-fold in the past few months (no - I won't say what the recent baseline was), so... a cottage on the West Coast of Ireland may beckon begorra! But I'll wait and see what happens to Scotland for wee while yet.

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  9. Andrew

    Re cryptic. Thanks. I couldn't see how the Rev's No plea could add to your reasons to vote Yes.

    What happens if you're undecided on 18th September?

    Re Irish citizenship. See this is what happens when you have talent. Please Mr Accountant minimise my tax.

    The rest of us just pay what the tax man says.

    But a man's gotta do .....

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  10. If I am undecided I may write "Not enough information and too much bollocks, I'm off to Ireland" on my form. I have never not voted in my life so I will surely do something.
    Anyway, at least I have now at lat decided which useless way to send my vote in the Euro elections, into the Greenery never to be seen again...

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  11. Re tax... I have never creatively minimised my tax bill in my life. The tax dodgers would not move to Ireland, they would just move their "office" there. If I move to Ireland I really will live there, begorra... But I expect I'll stay where I am an keep paying for your bus pass like a good boy.

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  12. Mine doesn't cost much but if I knew you were funding it personally then .....

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  13. Have a day trip to Oban on me. Every week the bus from Perth to Oban has many seniors sitting in it having a nice day out. I pay for them too, but they never wave at me.

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  14. Hold on! I'm just going for a hankie to wipe away my tears ............................................................................. of laughter.

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