Tony Blair: Politicians who ‘do God’ are 'nutters'
He is perhaps right to observe that Britain regards religion with suspicion, provided, of course, that that religion is not Islam, for which there appears to be tacit respect among MPs, and its adherents in Westminster are afforded considerably more latitude than Christians. But the extent to which Christian MPs refuse to talk about their faith because it is ‘personal’ is permitting a very public and potentially destabilising fusion of secularism and Islam to fill the vacuum. Their silence is contributing to the growing perception that the Church is irrelevant, and their apparent shame is undermining the nation’s Christian foundations as the faith is marginalised. The Mosque of England is supplanting the Church of England, and no-one in public life dare challenge this for fear of being accused of ‘racism’.
If Mr Blair ’takes a Bible with him wherever he goes and habitually reads it last thing at night’, why should that be an embarrassment? At least he leaves his Penguin edition of the Qur’an on the shelf. Yet the Archbishop of Canterbury once again remains silent, and it is left to the Archbishop of York, the Most Rev John Sentamu, to affirm Cranmer’s theses that those ‘who would dismiss faith as nothing more than a private affair are profoundly mistaken in their understanding of faith’. And the Bishop of Rochester, the Most Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, said: “A Christian vision underlies all that is important about Britain: its laws, institutions and values. If Blair had been able to relate this vision to his policies, we would have had more constructive social policy at home and principled policies abroad."
Cranmer rather doubts that.
It transpires that Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor advised Mr Blair not to reveal his intention to convert to Roman Catholicism during his last visit to the Pope. The whole story may be read in The Telegraph, and Cranmer is becoming increasingly bored with it. If Mr Blair is still considering crossing the Tiber, His Grace wishes he would just get on with it, and go. The wonder is that Rome is prepared to receive him, since he will have to acknowledge publicly the authority of the Church’s teaching and, presumably, repent of much of the vehemently anti-Christian legislation he introduced when he was in power. The man is a hypocrite and a fraud, and the Church of England will be purged by his leaving. In truth, it was ‘doing God’ that would have rendered him a nutter, for he was born one.
And now that he is a Middle East
There is no true religion that does not speak of politics: they are fused. It is only in one’s personal devotion, when one kneels in submission to the Lord, when one seeks his holy face in humility and with a soul thirsty for righteousness, that all earthly matters melt away, and terrestrial politics is revealed for the fraud that it is.
And there are, thankfully, some politicians who are prepared to talk openly of their faith, whatever the consequences. Frank Field, Ann Widdecombe, and David Burrowes come to mind. And if Mr Blair wishes to avoid talking about his Lord for fear of what other may say, he might just consider:
‘Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord… but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God’ (2Tim 1:8).
‘But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven’ (Mt 10:33).
‘For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels’ (Mk 8:38).
Not even conversion to Rome can halt the judgement of God