|Posted by God Loves Women on February 26, 2012 at 7:10 PM|
I wrote this as a comment in a blog by @revarun which you can read here. (You can read Archbishop Sentamu's full text for The Sun on Sunday on his website here) Unfortunately my comment was too long and so I thought rather than shorten it, I would turn it into a blog of my own! So here are my thoughts:
The Sun promotes pornography. Would Archibishop Sentamu be happy to write a regular column on a pornography site? I would hope not! Jesus' response to women in the Bible was to give them equal value, to tell them they mattered.
If Christians are so desperate to get people to hear their words that they need to write for The Sun, Jesus' message has got to a pretty desperate place. Jesus called us to make discplies, to build deep relationships and live in community with one another. He said it is by our love for one another that people will see Him.
Rupert Murdoch's empire is not justified because a brave journalist has died. Her choice to work for the Murdoch empire may not have been a good one, but that doesn't invalidate every area of her character, as it doesn't with Archbishop Sentamu. But while women are abused by their husband's in part due to the false messages they are fed by media like The Sun, suggesting that women are there to be sexual objects, and while The Sun continues to be a news outlet that perpetuates prejudice, misrepresentation and sensationalim of real people's lives, as Christians we should be speaking out.
Jesus did not go into business with the tax collectors, he did not provide space for prostitution in His lodgings. He condemned the injustice, while making the most excluded, the most broken, the most hurting feel welcomed and loved. We do that not by writing a column in a newspaper, but by doing life with the very people who are hurting, broken and outcast and loving them so deeply they feel the very love of Jesus.