Churches’ involvement in politics a good thing
I was so encouraged to read the news story in the last edition of Keep The Faith that church leaders have pledged to encourage Christians to get more involved in politics. I used to be active in the Church during the 80s, but left in the 90s because I got fed up of the political inertia of our church leaders, who refused to get involved in anything political or encourage their members to. I’m glad that churches leaders are moving with theIssue times, and recognise how important it is for Christians to engage with the political process. I am excited that not only are church leaders working together to produce a political manifesto, but they are going to encourage Christians to register to vote. They are also going to encourage church members to get more involved in civil society by becoming magistrates, join political parties, and such the like. This is the best news I’ve heard about the Church in a long time, and might tempt me to come back.
Joseph Bailey, London
I love YolanDa Brown
I just love the music of saxophonist YolanDa Brown, so you can imagine how excited I was to see that she was featured in Keep The Faith (issue 75). It’s inspiring to see a Christian woman in the public eye master an instrument that is normally the reserve of men – and be acclaimed for it. I also love the fact that she is committed to lifelong learning, and desirous to inspire and encourage young people to pursue their dreams. What a wonderful lady.
Alisha McIntosh, Stevenage
Intellectuals must connect more with the community
Rev Stephen Brooks’ article, ‘Promoting Black Intellectuals’ raised a number of very interesting points re the importance of intellectuals, and how their dedication to the academic life can aid the Black community. It makes me recognise how important it is for church leaders to receive a theological education, and commit themselves to refresher courses about church leadership and pastoral care throughout their ministerial lives. It also made me reflect on the role of Black academics. I believe they would have a much greater impact in our community if, rather than gather in their own little intellectual huddles to exchange their ideas and talk about their research findings, they would find ways to feed back their findings into the Black community, so we can benefit from their learning by applying it. We do need more people in our community to recognise that a University education as a good thing, but we also want our intellectuals to create better links with the community, so the younger generation can see how rigorous academic study positively impacts our community.
Peter Johnson, Manchester
People must marry for right reasons
I was deeply moved by Ruth Dickson’s account of a marital breakdown in her article, Building on the Wrong Foundation (issue 75). I, too, am a divorcee with two children and, on reflection, my motives for getting married weren’t right. I was frightened of being left on the shelf, and married the first man that asked me. It was not a good decision. I married out of desperation – not love – and although there were few happy moments in my marriage, I have no regrets about the children I had. Ruth is right; anyone wanting to get married must build their relationship on the right foundation, and never ever marry for any reason that does not align itself with God’s Word. Marriage is a sacred institution, and we should approach getting into a marriage covenant with the seriousness and solemnness it deserves.
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More articles about health, please
I was so pleased to see Keep The Faith include an article about diabetes in the last edition. The Black community needs to be more informed about the diseases that affect us more adversely; not only how to treat them, but also how to prevent them. I meet so many people who suffer preventable diseases, like high blood pressure and heart disease, and feel that our churches can play a greater role in health education. I hope that Keep The Faith publishes more health-focused articles in the future.
Janice Albert, Birmingham
Editor’s Note: Janice, you’ll be pleased to hear we’ve appointed GP Dr Kem Thompson to write articles about health, which you will find in this edition of the magazine.