David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband’s Christmas messages

10 Downing Street Christmas TreeThe Conservative Christian Fellowship and Liberal Democrat Christian Forum have kindly sent through David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s Christmas messages. The Prime Minister has gone for the usual written message, whereas Mr Clegg has produced a Queen’s Speech style video. After the typically disappointing ‘selfie’ Christmas cards, at least these each have a decent reference to Jesus, and Mr Cameron has made the effort to relate it to his faith, which is to be welcomed. It looks like there’s been a bit of advance consultation too as both give our armed forces a mention.

Update: Ed Miliband’s message is now available and has been added at the end of the post.

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Christmas gives us a space when we can consider the things that we value most – family, friends and fellowship. It is a time for being hopeful for the coming year and to reflect on the one that has passed.

Looking back, 2013 has been a year when our country pulled together to overcome the challenges we face. Together we have made real progress on strengthening our economy and creating more decent jobs so that people can provide for their families. This progress is down to the efforts of millions who go out and work hard every day, putting in the hours, running businesses and keeping our economy going.

And there are those millions who keep on strengthening our society too – being good neighbours, running clubs and voluntary associations, playing their part in countless small ways to help build what I call the ‘big society’. Many of these people are Christians who live out to the letter that verse in Acts, that “it is more blessed to give than to receive”. These people put their faith into action and we can all be grateful for what they do.

2013 was a significant year for the Christian faith – a year that welcomed The Most Reverend Justin Welby as the new Archbishop of Canterbury and saw His Holiness Pope Francis elected to lead the Roman Catholic Church. Both have come in with exciting plans to rejuvenate their respective churches, which should inspire Christians around the world.

For me, this season is also a time to think about the meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ and the hope that gives to millions.  In Handel’s Messiah, these words from the Prophet Isaiah are brilliantly put to music: “His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”

With peace in mind, I would like to say thank you to our brave service women and men who are helping bring peace here and around the world; to their families who cannot be with them; and to all the dedicated men and women in the emergency and caring services who are working hard to support those in need this Christmas.

Have a peaceful Christmas – and a very happy New Year.

David Cameron

Christmas message from Ed Miliband

“I would like to send my best wishes to everybody celebrating Christmas in the UK and across the world.

“Christmas is a special time of the year for many people in Britain. Lots of us take a break from the everyday pressures of work to spend time together with friends and family, strengthening the relationships that mean so much to us.

“As Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, we should also take time to think of all those alone or suffering at this time of year.

“I would like to pay particular tribute to the many people, churches and charities who will be looking after those who are alone or homeless this Christmas time. We should also pay tribute to those who will be working so that the rest of us have an enjoyable break, especially our medical staff, our police and our armed forces, thank you for your service.”



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10 replies

  1. All well and good but in light of the Christians being told they have to obey secular rules this made me cross Muslim staff at Marks & Spencer can refuse to sell alcohol and pork. Marks & Spencer says its Muslim staff do not have to sell pork or alcohol to customers. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/10532782/Muslim-staff-at-Marks-and-Spencer-can-refuse-to-sell-alcohol-and-pork.html

    So the Christian woman who did not want to register a Civil Partnership gets sacked but Muslim staff can pick and choose what they serve in a supermarket. Christmas message. No one rule for one and a different rule for another should be implemented.

  2. Is it expecting too much for an apology from all three men for their reckless behaviour in treating men, women and children in need as though they are pawns on a chess board for their benefit. How about committing themselves to help build a fairer and more Just society in the years and decades ahead, but perhaps that would seem too political!

    • I think a bit more reflection at this time wouldn’t go amiss, but in the cutthroat world of politics where apologising is seen as a sign of weakness, it would take a brave politician to do such a thing. That’s probably why we need more brave politicians who are willing to think and act outside of tribal politics.

  3. It seems impossible to me to be a Tory and a Christian

  4. It seems that it is impossible for political leaders to be Christian. David Cameron states that his religious beliefs do not affect his politics. So cheating, lying, being spiteful and blaming the weak and the unemployed and the sick and the old for their problems is fine as he can go to church and say Amen! He and his chums George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith are evil hypocrites and Jews, Muslims and Atheists shout hypocrites; and quite rightly so. Very easy to be a Tory and a Christian. Not easy be a decent man or woman and a Christian if all you want is power and wealth and subservience from the very people who you are working for! That is the current ne’er-do-well who have the gall to strut about and sneer at the ordinary folk. Evil and insidious men and women. Makes me shudder.

    • I think your comment is very helpful, having listened in recent weeks to several Conservative Ministers and then one Labour Shadow claiming that their party DOES do God, coming on the heels of the Lib Dem book, one could rejoice at a statement that suggests all their policies are about to do a U turn in a number of areas, or perhaps ask if they are qualified to say, surely the measure for a party doing God, is their compliance with the Gospel (lets start with Isaiah 58) and at present all of them fall such a long way short (as indeed do many of us and our Churches).

      • Yes indeed we all do fall a long way short in our actions relating to our belief as Christians! I do not think it is impossible to be a Christian and a political leader, but one has to understand what one is saying when one announces they are Christian. Feed the hungry, house the poor, look after the windowed and orphans is often read out but not really understood. As is acting with humility and compassion. Certainly honesty and with justice, which is not revenge. DC is a minimalist Christian. So I wonder what parts of the Gospel he minimalizes or ignores – I would imagine from his actions and acceptance of his chums actions he ignores the parable of the good Samaritan [Luke 10:25-37] and the commandment 37 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” [Matthew 23:37-40]

        If you say you are a Christian understand what that means. If you say you are a Minimalist Christian say what you minimalize or ignore from the Gospels. That way everybody will know what you stand for. Actions speak louder than words though, and that is something political leaders often forget.

    • Of course David Cameron is not a born-again, regenerate believer (a Christian!) No Christian would change the rules on marriage to make “gay marriage” possible! Whenever ANYONE speaks in favour of “gay marriage”/gay sex, either for themselves or others you can be sure that person is NOT converted. “By their fruits you shall know them.” Matthew 7.

      • I worry more about compassion for the sick and the ill, the disabled and the homeless, the refugees and the outcasts. To help these are pure Christian faith acts – of course non-Christians can be compassionate and caring through actions not through rhetoric alone. Most political leaders tend to be unable to see past self-greed and spiteful related ideology.

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