I write as a Presbyterian minister from the country who is dismayed by the attitudes repeatedly displayed by those who claim to be defending the reformed faith.
The manner and behaviour of the band outside St Patrick’s Church on the Twelfth during and after the playing of the hymn ‘How great Thou art’ was a breach of the Third Commandment: ‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.’
The band said that they were only playing a hymn but they did not seem to be thinking on what the hymn was about.
Their conduct was a breach of something more serious than the Parades Commission – it was a breach of God’s law.
It is the view of many that ‘Protestantism’ in and around the city of Belfast has lost its theological and Biblical moorings.
This only brings the Christian faith into disrespute and is deeply dishonouring to the Lord Jesus whom we profess we follow.
I would call upon all those in positions of influence to do all they can to ensure the Christian reformed faith is not dragged through the mud!
Stephen Johnston, Kilkeel