The Lord Carey of Clifton at Immanuel Community

Last Friday evening Lord and Lady Carey of Clifton were the guests at a meal in North Romford.  The former Archbishop of Canterbury came by invitation of local MP, Mr Andrew Rosindell, the founder and Vice-President of the Romford Conservative Christian Fellowship.  The evening was convened at Havering Grange and members of Immanuel Community and RCCF worked together to provide a beautifully cooked and presented three-course meal.

Lord Carey has his roots in our local area.  He proposed to his wife in Raphael Park, Romford, and they lived for many years in Dagenham, just a few miles from here.  Some of the guests at the meal were friends of theirs from their Dagenham days.  The meal drew together not only members of the Romford CCF but also many Christians from churches in the local area who share a concern for our nation and the erosion of the Judaeo-Christian values on which it was built.  Special guests included the Lady Mayor and her consort, and several local councillors.

Lord Carey addressed us on the subject of ‘Without a vision, the people perish,' taken from Proverbs 29:18.  He described how easy it is for life to carry on long after the vision for something has disappeared.  It’s not until a crisis occurs that people stop short and realise that they have no vision and therefore no strategies for coping with their present circumstances.  In the West we have removed many of the planks of the Judaeo-Christian heritage we all take for granted, without realising that so much of our lives are negatively impacted by their removal.  Future crises will serve to show us that the foundations have been removed and our nation will not know which way to turn.

There has been a distinct shift in the way people think in recent times.  For example, we use comparative language instead of confronting issues and saying they are wrong; we are subjective in our assessment of situations, using our feelings more than plain facts.  Lord Carey inspired us not to simply accept the status quo when we should be speaking out, even if the weight of public opinion is against us.  Jesus Christ is the hope for our nation and our nation needs to hear this message.

Lord Carey’s message had equal relevance for politicians and those within the church.  He presented the real challenge before us, and encouraged us to put our faith in God, with whose help we can bring about fundamental change.  William Wilberforce would not back down over the issue of slavery in the British Empire; the issues we face today have just as far-reaching consequences.

It was a privilege to hear Lord Carey speak and the inspiration and challenge he brought were a wake-up call to us all.

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