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Minister's letter

today program John Humphrys, the most senior presenter on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme, has described the daily Thought for the Day slot as often “deeply boring” Humphrys said the 7.45am slot, which lasts two minutes and 45 seconds, was inappropriate in an increasingly secular society and only occasionally interesting.

You may remember John Humphrys making the above comments in the later part of last year, and it got me thinking about how our media are by and large unsympathetic to faith in general and Christianity in particular. We do need to be realistic and recognise that we are in a more secular, atheistic and agnostic society, however there is certainly still a place for religion in mainstream broadcasting.

Humphrys went on to say: “When you’re presenting [Today], how many times have you said to yourself, ‘Dear God, we’ve got to cut a really fascinating programme short because we’re now going to hear somebody tell us that Jesus was really nice, and the world could be a better place if we all …’ You know … Oh God.” At the time the more fascinating programme was normally about Brexit negotiations! Now I am not saying Brexit is not important and indeed will affect the lives of many of us, certainly the farming community, for good or ill, however in the grand scheme of things I am not sure if in 100years time we will be giving it a lot of thought. I don’t think the same could be said for the words of Jesus, indeed Jesus says about his words: ’Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away’ (Matthew 24 v 35)

Two thousand years on Jesus’ words still figure and are still relevant. Jesus was not alone in making some profound sayings and his words are echoed by other religious leaders and we do well to heed them, just a few examples: ‘Do unto others as you would they would do unto you’ ‘You have heard it said ‘an eye for an eye’ but I say to you ‘ do not take revenge’ ‘Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth, where moths and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. Instead store up riches for yourselves in heaven….for your heart will always be where your riches are’

snoopyThought for the day: An opportunity to pause and think for ourselves, not to be presented by what John Humphrys thinks is important!

Happy Thinking and every blessing

Bill Muncey
Associate Minister