The devil led Jesus to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, "I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will all be yours."Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'" (Luke 4)
This week the Bishops of the Church of England have been busy underlining the point that they shouldn't be in an unelected house holding positions of veto against the will of MPs who at least have a pretence of representing the will of some of the people.
The more conservative among them have been lobbying the other Lord's to vote against changes in the law would make it illegal for the Churches to continue some of it's most cherished bigotries: those against LGBT people.
Yes the poor persecuted church wouldn't be allowed to treat LGBT people like second class citizens anymore if the government had her wicked way and bishop's - poor persecuted people of faith and conscience - couldn't possibly have that.
Isn't it great that we have a second house in parliament to sit in patronising judgement on the first. (sic.). It just goes to show that Christians still can't be trusted with power and will ultimately use it to license abuse of others.
Imagine if everyone discriminated in the way the Church chooses to: no homosexuals would be allowed to earn a living in the UK: 1 in 10 people would be forced to live from handouts or through theft or just die. This is what the Church is asking the right to impose on LGBT people. It is saying, in effect that LGBT people should not be accorded the same opportunities as other people and that the example set by the Church is one that everyone should follow. It's hideous and shameful and these bigots need to grow up!
Isn't it in fact more fortunate that we are dead to sin and to the law of sin and free to live in righteousness. This means that whether the law of the land tells we can or can't be horrible to people just because they're in a sexual minority and we like scapegoating sexual minorities - we are free to love and include all, all, ALL .