Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?
The distinctly un-Christian attempts to evict the Occupy London Stock Exchange protesters from outside St Paul’s Cathedral have been an eye-opener, revealing ungodly facets of the modern day church’s worldly affairs.
Take the St Paul’s Board of Trustees. It reads like a who’s who of Money Lenders Inc:
Sir John Stuttard: PWC partner, Former Lord Mayor of London.
– The Right Reverend Graeme Knowles: Dean of St Paul’s
– Dame Helen Alexander DBE: Deputy chair of the CBI, director of Centrica plc
– Lord Blair of Boughton: Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner
– Roger Gifford: Investment banker, big in City of London
– John Harvey – ?
– Joyce Hytner OBE: Theatre director
– Gavin Ralston: Global Head of Product and leading international asset manager at Schroder Investment Management
– Carol Sergeant CBE: Chief Risk Director at Lloyds TSB, formerly Managing Director for Regulatory Process and Risk at the FSA
– John Spence OBE: Former Managing Director, Business Banking, LloydsTSB
To those lot we should perhaps wish them good luck in their attempts to get through the eye of a needle.
The theme of Christian charity (begins at home) looms large in today’s edition of The Independent (well worth a read) which sheds further light on the good followers of Jesus and where their priorities lie:
“To all intents and purposes St Paul’s owner, the Church of England, operates as an international corporation, with an investment fund of around £5.7bn secured through private equity income, stock exchange investments and a vast property portfolio.”
You could be forgiven for wondering what Saint Paul himself would think of all the worldly greed and legal might-throwing that is being done in his name.
“For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness” Saint Paul, Ephesians 6:12