“Named Person”: eyes to see and ears to hear…

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It was interesting to read this comment today from the Supreme Court as it found fault with the Named Person Legislation which was due to be rolled out across Scotland very soon:

“The first thing that a totalitarian regime tries to do is to get to the children, to distance them from the subversive, varied influences of their families, and indoctrinate them in their rulers’ view of the world. Within limits, families must be left to bring up their children in their own way.”

Whatever the benign intention behind the Named Person Legislation I, for one, am grateful for these powerful sentences, even though representatives of the Scottish Government are saying with confidence that the Scheme will still come to be at some stage after some adjustment.

Looking across “The Pond,” it was worrying to hear Michelle Obama claiming that the Democratic party guaranteed the best values and future for children. I actually admire her; she may not have meant it to sound like this, but it did sound as though the most important value maker in children’s lives should be the state and the governing power. What about the place of the family, the place of parents? It is worrying that Hilary Clinton has already said that Christians will have to change their beliefs while Trump’s views of democracy sound like he is actually describing a totalitarian regime. Our democracies are not as democratic or as treasuring of “freedom” or as tolerant as we like to think and can sound less than enthusiastic when saying they will respect a decision of law

Why blog this? Well, I am just grateful for truth wherever it is stated. When truth exposes reality I think we are dealing with God’s common grace towards the world. In the Charismatic world, frequently the word prophecy is attached to words or utterances whose origin is doubtful, potency almost non-existent, but whose intention may be benign. I consider the words quoted above to be truly prophetic, worrying so, profoundly so… it’s good to look and listen for God at work in grace, mercy and truth in the world. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you eyes to see and ears to hear.

God Bless


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