Taking issue with Gregory Campbell about the upholding of moral value systems

A letter from Rev Ivan Foster:

Wednesday, 3rd November 2021, 8:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 3rd November 2021, 8:58 am
Letter to the editor

In a letter to your newspaper, dated Thursday 21st October (‘We must defend Union and moral values – but cannot get stuck in a timewarp,’ see link below), Mr Gregory Campbell penned these words:

“Again there are those who want to abandon those values while there are others who demand that previous ways of upholding those values are the only way to proceed. The former is wrong and the latter is unsustainable.”

The ‘values’ he is referring to he identifies a few lines earlier in his letter as “a moral value system that is being attacked on a regular basis. It needs defending within the changing times we all live in”.

I assume that he is referring to the morals proclaimed by the gospel since Mr Campbell is a professing evangelical Christian.

Where I take issue with Mr Campbell is in just what he means by the words: “There are others who demand that previous ways of upholding those values are the only way to proceed ... the latter is unsustainable.”

There is only one way of upholding God’s standards and teaching and that is God’s Way!

Now Mr Campbell may or may not have been referring to the criticism which has been directed at the DUP of late for its embracing of a pro-active agenda regarding the LGBT lobby and sodomy generally.

Like all politicians it appears he has lost the talent of calling a spade a spade! He can say: ‘Oh, I didn’t mean that!’

If Mr Campbell did mean that the desire to adhere to previous ways of upholding gospel values is ‘unsustainable’ then he is wrong.

Jeremiah 6:16 sets forth most succinctly just what I mean.

‘Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk [therein]’.

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd), Kilskeery

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