Observations on Theology, Culture and the Hosier family

Thursday, 26 February 2009


The loss of David & Samantha Cameron’s six year old son, Ivan, yesterday was a poignant reminder of the painfulness of death.

It is much easier to feel sympathy with the Cameron’s than with Goody – their son, after all, had not courted or created a media circus. Most of us tend to have an extra degree of empathy when a child dies, especially those of us who have children of similar age ourselves. But death is death, and is always painful.

So if I could have my 15 minutes with Goody (or with the Cameron’s) one of the things I would like to do is try and communicate the reliability of God even in a world where nothing is reliable. Since entering the Big Brother house Goody has lived in a contrived world where unreality masquerades as reality. Her wedding was a layer of imagined Disney-princess perfection skimmed over a life in turmoil. So I would want to try and crack through that veneer and show something of the rock solid character of God.

Last night the worship team from Gateway met together to sing our way through Psalm 46. I’d like to be able to talk to Goody about Psalm 46:

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come, behold the works of the LORD,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
"Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!"
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Everything man-constructed totters, falls and melts at some point. It all ends in death. I’d like to talk to Goody about the One who does not totter or die, about the One who is a rock and a refuge, the One who replaces fear with confidence. I’d like to try and get her to see that there might be something more solid than leaving behind a million pounds to pay for her sons to be privately educated.

I’d like to connect her with ultimate reality – the God of Psalm 46.

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