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Pray for this lady; a prophet to the nation

One of the most prophetic voices in the country at the moment is an agnostic (her description) Jewish columnist for a national newspaper. Pray for this lady who champions Christian values.


Melanie Philips
Melanie PhilipsMany in Scotland may not know of Melanie Philips as the Daily Mail newspaper for which she writes does not publish her column in its Scottish edition.
But the journalist, author and BBC's 'Question Time' panellist is one of the most consistent and vocal champions of Christian values; and the need, as she so clearly, bravely and forcefully argues it, for a return to the morality of the Judeo-Christian faith.

At the time of  writing a search on her web site for the word 'Christian' produces 163 references.  In article entitled From Red Toryism to Blue Labour, social renewal depends on Christian principles she wrote:

"[at] a conference last week on individualism organised by Christian groups, Lord Glasman (who is a Jew) stuck his neck out again when he observed: ‘We have never been in greater need of the gifts that the Christian tradition brings.’

Even more interesting was a speech at the same conference expounding similar views by Phillip Blond. For he is credited as a key architect of David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ idea.

From his speech, it was possible to learn three important things: that despite being the object of near-universal scorn, the Big Society idea is, in fact, essential to restoring civilised values to Britain; that it depends upon the reaffirmation of Christian principles."

Most recently (19/12/11) she commented on David Cameron's recent call which is in tune with her own:
"For against a background in which Christian belief is constantly denigrated and ridiculed, eyebrows are raised if politicians talk about God and even the Church of England seems embarrassed to do so, Mr Cameron nevertheless defended Christianity as essential to British society.

In a few robust remarks, he thus got right to the heart of his country’s moral and social malaise. And how striking this was.

For while the Church of England pins the blame for just about every social ill on poverty, inequality or some other fashionable political shibboleth, Mr Cameron homed in on the real cause — the replacement of Biblical codes of behaviour by moral neutrality."

The lady writes in an incisive manner which is 'prophetic' in its delivery, and is probably for many, highly uncomfortable reading. Pray for her; and pray that the Lord will use her writing to speak to the heart of our nation and those who lead us.

Melanie Philips
is a mother and the wife of lawyer and former BBC Legal Correspondent Joshua Rosenberg. In her most recent book  entitled 'The World Turned Upside Down' she has written of the moral inversion in our society which has called 'good evil and evil good'.  In her previous book (Londonistan) she wrote of the extent to which the UK (and other countries) are being undermined by a foreign culture and belief system.

She has written in defence of Christians and, in 2009, penned an article with the title: 'Beware the new axis of evangelicals and Islamists'.  See also article 'Evangelicals and Islamists in Common Cause'.

Christians Together, 19/12/2011

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Jenny 23/12/2011 14:14
It isn't necessary that we should correctly understand or agree on every issue; only that we pray without ceasing for everyone engaged in the struggle for the soul of this nation, from a Jewish agnostic columnist to the SCP (and beyond).

Grumpyoldman 23/12/2011 14:27
What a great couple of weeks we have had. Our prayers are being answered.
As someone who prays constantly about the state of the nation I am so glad to read about what Melanie Philips has to say on the subject.
We have also heard David Cameron's thoughts about the positive effect of Christianity. Add to that the climbdown by Tesco over its support for London Pride and its distancing from the remarks of Nick Lansley.

So take heart and keep praying.
RF (Guest) 24/12/2011 18:17
People should be aware of this journalist's output.It is frustrating to think that some are not aware of her views. If you are not already doing so read around the big questions; it will probably help some to produce a rounded judgement regarding the nature of society,religion etc.

Peter Carr 24/12/2011 20:56
Gom said, "We have also heard David Cameron's thoughts about the positive effect of Christianity."

How can he then justify his strong desire to redefine marriage? And are we seeing instead the usual double talk of politicians?
Peter Carr 24/12/2011 21:22
"The lady writes in an incisive manner which is 'prophetic' in its delivery, and is probably for many, highly uncomfortable reading. Pray for her; and pray that the Lord will use her writing to speak to the heart of our nation and those who lead us."

But how does her message compare to Lance Lambert's prophecy given on the 6th Aug '11?

Grumpyoldman 24/12/2011 21:55
It may be double speak Peter but at least he has said it. I never thought we would hear such a comment from any of our politicians. He has maybe made a rod for his own back because if he was not sincere in his comments they will certainly come back to haunt him.

As for Melanie Philips, I have ordered two of her books, Londonistan and The World Turned Upside Down so that I can better understand the Arab - Israeli situation.

In the meantime we should all keep praying for Mr Cameron and Melanie Philips.

Martin Lisemore 24/12/2011 22:22
Seems as if RF's vacuous liberal reasoning is in a minority on this page of posts.

My prayers are answered too!

Martin Lisemore 24/12/2011 22:26
And since this is the closing post for most of us before Christmas Day, may I say:

Thank you all, who ever you are and wherever you are, for your fellowship, some times so difficult to find in this world, but freely given on here.

Thank you.

May our God bless you richly, and completely, this Christmas as we stand a year closer to the Second Coming.

Peter Carr 26/12/2011 12:26
Evangelical Queen!!!

Guest (Guest) 27/12/2011 13:55
For those who prefer to read than watch:

Full transcript of The Queen's 2011 Christmas Speech

"In this past year my family and I have been inspired by the courage and hope we have seen in so many ways in Britain, in the Commonwealth and around the world.

We've seen that it's in hardship that we often find strength from our families; it's in adversity that new friendships are sometimes formed; and it's in a crisis that communities break down barriers and bind together to help one another.

Families, friends and communities often find a source of courage rising up from within. Indeed, sadly, it seems that it is tragedy that often draws out the most and the best from the human spirit.

When Prince Philip and I visited Australia this year, we saw for ourselves the effects of natural disaster in some of the areas devastated by floods, where in January so many people lost their lives and their livelihoods.

We were moved by the way families and local communities held together to support each other.

Prince William travelled to New Zealand and Australia in the aftermath of earthquakes, cyclones and floods and saw how communities rose up to rescue the injured, comfort the bereaved and rebuild the cities and towns devastated by nature.

The Prince of Wales also saw first-hand the remarkable resilience of the human spirit after tragedy struck in a Welsh mining community, and how communities can work together to support their neighbours.

This past year has also seen some memorable and historic visits - to Ireland and from America.

The spirit of friendship so evident in both these nations can fill us all with hope. Relationships that years ago were once so strained have through sorrow and forgiveness blossomed into long-term friendship.

It is through this lens of history that we should view the conflicts of today, and so give us hope for tomorrow.

Of course, family does not necessarily mean blood relatives but often a description of a community, organisation or nation. The Commonwealth is a family of 53 nations, all with a common bond, shared beliefs, mutual values and goals.

It is this which makes the Commonwealth a family of people in the truest sense, at ease with each other, enjoying its shared history and ready and willing to support its members in the direst of circumstances.

They have always looked to the future, with a sense of camaraderie, warmth and mutual respect while still maintaining their individualism.

The importance of family has, of course, come home to Prince Philip and me personally this year with the marriages of two of our grandchildren, each in their own way a celebration of the God-given love that binds a family together.

For many, this Christmas will not be easy. With our armed forces deployed around the world, thousands of service families face Christmas without their loved ones at home.

The bereaved and the lonely will find it especially hard. And, as we all know, the world is going through difficult times. All this will affect our celebration of this great Christian festival.

Finding hope in adversity is one of the themes of Christmas. Jesus was born into a world full of fear. The angels came to frightened shepherds with hope in their voices: 'Fear not', they urged, 'we bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

'For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.'

Although we are capable of great acts of kindness, history teaches us that we sometimes need saving from ourselves - from our recklessness or our greed.

God sent into the world a unique person - neither a philosopher nor a general, important though they are, but a Saviour, with the power to forgive.

Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It can heal broken families, it can restore friendships and it can reconcile divided communities. It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God's love.

In the last verse of this beautiful carol, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, there's a prayer:

O Holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us we pray.
Cast out our sin
And enter in.
Be born in us today.

It is my prayer that on this Christmas day we might all find room in our lives for the message of the angels and for the love of God through Christ our Lord.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas."
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