05 Jun Why I pray and fast … and lobby
Leading Christian campaigner Dr David Golding, CBE, shares with us why he prays and fasts … and why he and the North East Call to Action on Global Poverty and Climate Change group will be coming to the “For the love of” service and lobby on the 17th of June.
“On Christmas Day, 1776, at the lowest point for the Americans in their War of Independence, George Washington addressed his weary and frost-bitten troops with words penned by Thomas Paine: “Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet it.”
Faced with the obscenity of the slave trade, the Christian community ‘came forth’ and led the fight for its abolition; it did so in support of Lord Shaftesbury, to reform the appalling conditions in our factories and mines in the 19th century; and its backing was key to the success of Josephine Butler in her battle against child prostitution. Similarly, in our own generation, “the secret of the success of Jubilee 2000 (now Jubilee Debt Campaign) is simple, but unfashionable. It is the Christian churches” (Madeleine Bunting).
Will it be told to the future world that the Christian church and people ‘came forth’, at long last, to meet the current, great ‘common danger’ of climate change? A danger of which it has been rightly said that “Never have we faced a graver threat” (Lord Robert May, President of the Royal Society). I hope that it will be so, and I fast and pray on the first of each month, and will be coming to London on 17th June, to make my own contribution to that end.”
David Golding, (Development Coordinator, NE-CAP)
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