And here I thought the Dutch Protestant Churches were in a bad way. From across the Small Pond, in the UK, His Grace reports on a Christmas service held at Royal Holloway College, in the University of London. The service was led by a Rev’d Cate Irvine, an Anglican vicar, and a Roman Catholic chaplain from the local church, Father Vladimir Nikiforov.
And what did the assembled festive throng hear? The prophecy of of Isaiah? ‘For unto us a child is born…’? The Gospel of Luke? ‘There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus…’? A reading from Micah, perhaps? ‘But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be Ruler in Israel’?
No, none of the above. Instead, they got the Qur’an.
It is unbelievable. A Christmas service, celebrating the birth (or incarnation, if you wil) of Our Dear Father, uses the very text that completely denies the act of sacrifice that redeemed this world and all who are in it:
That they said in boast “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary the Apostle of Allah”; but they killed him not nor crucified him but so it was made to appear to them and those who differ therein are full of doubts with no (certain) knowledge but only conjecture to follow for of a surety they killed him not. (Qur’an 4:156-158)
As His Grace comments: Maybe they’re saving that for Easter.
Go and read the whole preposterous saga. It is a sad day when Christianity in the West stoops to this depth in its quest for tolerance and inclusivity. As His Grace entirely correctly observes: When you compromise on the intellectual, political, and imaginative foundations of Western culture, you create a spiritual vacuum which needs to be filled. The people cry out for meat, and all they can get is the milk of dumbed-down Anglicanism followed by a mouthful of Islam. Is it any wonder they turn away en masse in search for the one thing the church should, but doesn’t, provide?
[INSTANT UPDATE] Don’t miss suggestions for carols to be sung at the service, provided by Trencherbone:
Bang Bang Verily You Die
Bombing in a Winter Wasteland
Death to the World
Do They Know It’s Jihad?
Frosty the Boobytrap
Hijacked Three Ships
I’m Dreaming of a Shi’ite Christmas
I Stoned Mommy for Kissing Santa Claus
Little Bomber Boy
No-go Town of Bethlehem
Oh Come all ye Fanatical
Repulsive Jews Below
While Shepherds Screwed Their Flocks
Wreck the Halls
…and of course, that all time favorite: Violent Night
Thanks to DP111 for pointing that out. Made me laugh.