A Badge of Honour
For much of Sunday this article was one of the ‘most read’ on the Echo’s website, which means thousands of people looked at it. The Echo is a really good local paper, but those who leave comments on the online version are somewhat notorious. So I was amused to see that the first comment the article generated was this:
Sounds like one of the new Happy-Clapper churches, many of which seem to be targeted at the economic migrant populations.
I almost think we should adopt this as our new strap-line: I’d much rather we be known as happy, than miserable. And we’ll gladly welcome people from anywhere in the world. What looks like reasons for a dismissive attitude towards us is actually something we’d wear as a badge of honour. But isn’t that so often the case for us Christians!