Now this I affirm and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds;
Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts,
and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,
and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Eph 4: 17, 22-24
To be counter-cultural has usually meant not following prevailing fashion, be it where you live, what you wear, what job you do, what your drugs of choice are. To be a counter-cultural Christian means a change of mind and heart. It can, of course, affect home, clothing, livelihood – but to do good, not to be different. We who want more are the new Gentiles. We are the ones who need to change.
It is frankly immoral that FTSE 100 chief executives increased their pay last year by 12 per cent as the rest of society suffered the austerity caused by the greed of bankers in the first place.
After 400 years of capitalism, 40 per cent of the world’s wealth is owned by 1 per cent of its people, leaving only 1 per cent of the wealth for the poorest 50 per cent. We spend more money on ice cream in Western Europe than it would cost to feed the entire world, and I believe that the same is true of pet food. The three richest people in the world own more assets than the 600 million poorest.
Paul Moore – The Tablet, 7 July 2012
God, grant the needs of all the world. Soften the hearts of stone of those who build walls around themselves to protect their unwarranted fame and fortune.