Sunday, July 22, 2012
Controversy at St Michael's
A entry was posted on the Camberley Society blog about the St Michael's renewal project. Clearly some people are unhappy with the plans. I've put a suitably phrased comment on the blog itself but:
- When my comment talks about the church being sold and developers moving in if the renewal project doesn't succeed, I think the more likely situation is that it will be bought by the local Muslim community and used as a mosque. Some people might not have a problem with that but as a Christian it is something I'm dead set against. I believe that Christ was the final and complete revelation of God so the idea of a church being taken over by a religion group founded on the basis of lies or delusions is abhorrent to me.
- The post purports to represent views of "many associated with St Michael’s church". If this really was written by someone in the church then why would they post it anonymously and on an external website? The only reason I can think of is that there is much less opposition to the renewal project than they make out so they are trying to gain support for themselves outside the church. The least they could do is be open and honest about who they are.
- Thirdly there is a question of authority. Being very keen on it, St Paul has a lot of say about authority (eg Romans 13 or 1 Peter 2:13 for that matter). We should debate and discuss the project but once a decision is made we have the obligation to support it and not to attempt to undermine it.
- Finally this idea of freezing buildings at a particular point in time is a modern invention. Buildings have always evolved through time and different uses and trying to stop this evolution in a building that is being actively used is ridiculous. Its particularly irritating that a lot of the people who don't want to see the church change, eg the Victorian Society, don't use it regularly and aren't prepared to put up the cold hard cash to make this a realistic prospect. Instead they expert the congragation to fork out the huge heating, lighting and maintenance costs so they can have a pretty view as they drive past on the A30.