Archive for December, 2007

The BNP, the Oford Union and Protest

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

The recent news story about the BNP visit to the Oxford Union illustrated to me something that I have said before.On watching the news report describing how some people were protesting about the time and soapbox given to the BNP, while the Oxford Union felt that it was better to engage in debate with them and demolish their arguments, my wife Lidia said, “that is the way that it should be”.In other words, both positions are valid and both contribute to a full response to the situation. But the positions are not agreed. They tackle the problem in opposite ways.This illustrates my idea that the diversity of the church can extend as far as being opposite and disagreed without necessarily failing to reflect God in some way and that that opposing diversity may indeed reflect God most clearly.