Now, maybe this is the wrong time to post this but I think the seriousness of the London bombings demands that we continue our analysis of Rowan Williams’ simple inability to remember that he is the leader of the Anglican Christian church.
Giving the BBC’s “Thought for the Day” on the 8th of July, Williams (yet again) didn’t mention that horrible word that he seems so averse to.
What is the word that a Christian minister simply won’t say?
read the transcript and see if you spot it. Once again, the only source of any true confidence in the face of this terror goes unmentioned by the leader of the Church of England as he addresses the nation.
But, it’s actually worse this time.
Williams quotes Isaiah 27:10
Isaiah 27:10 The fortified city stands desolate, an abandoned settlement, forsaken like the desert; there the calves graze, there they lie down; they strip its branches bare.
The problem, here, is that Isaiah is not speaking of an arbitrary act of violence, some meangingless and fruitless barbarism. Isaiah’s lament is for a city destroyed by God. Jerusalem is desolate in Isaiah 27 because God has emptied her.
Having misquoted scripture, Williams then closes:
There’s another kind of silence, where we breathe deeply and ‘gather’ ourselves, anchor ourselves in what matters and what lasts. The only finally adequate response to terror and evil is to gather ourselves like this – to reach down into what feeds the roots of our spirit, trusting that justice, mercy and joy are never going to be silenced or paralysed. And when we know that, we’re ready to begin again on the long road, the long task, of making humanity really human.
No, Rowan, the only adequate response to this is to point people to the cross, where the Lord Jesus Christ (remember Him?) entered into our suffering and prayed for forgiveness for those that perpetrated the most barbaric crime in all history.
But, sadly, no mention of Jesus from the Archbishop.
crux sola est nostra theologia – Luther got it, Williams doesn’t.