I have lost my faith-in the humour and so called wit of a man I regarded as having some basis of balance with humour and wit. Now I believe he is part of the boorish and self believing people who denigrate faith. I understood his depression and I know he iis a bright man with clever ideas but at times he oozes hatred for those who don’t support his viewpoint of the world. I agree to disagree and would never mock his illness or his sexuality but his recent comments were unecessary and failed to recognise the feelings of those who believe and those who don’t. We all have a view point.
I came back to faith when my dad died-I went into the garden to sceam with anger but as I looked up he was there, God-and I saw his tears for my grief but also the warmth of his love-I have seen his work in action through pthers-a police officer ho held the and of a crash victim as she died, the community of people being brought together in the church at the loss of 4 young men and the clergy who went down into the tube after the bombings to be with those in need.
God doesn’t allow these things to happen, we are human beings and are loved by him, but we have free will. Illnesses are horrible. My father had softening of the arteries and died by drowning in his own blood. But he never blamed God and was a caring loving husband, father and priest whose belief in God never wavered.
I was once asked by a young man who professed to not being a Christian why I had agreed to the funeral of his fiance being held in church, I simply said thisis the gift I can give you, my way of helping and because Christ wants me to do this.
God is present both in our sadness and our joy, perhaps Stephen has forgotten that.And like my father if Stephen Fry walked into my home or church I would welcome and embrace him-because God is love and those who live in love and God lives in them.
Revd David Messer