As delivered at BBC Radio Bristol an hour ago:
was the worst phone call I have ever had. The police called to tell
me one of my sons had been arrested for burglary. That was the limit
of what I could be told that evening. He spent the night in the
cells. My wife and I spent the rest of it awake.
Cameras on buses to catch you driving in the bus lanes. An all-seeing
eye to shop you for moving over thirty yards too soon. What do you
get a bit heated about being watched by Big Brother. I have some
sympathy for those who want to live their lives unobserved. But as a
Christian I believe in an all-seeing eye who you simply can't see. I
am being watched. By a God who sees.
Elton John, before he was a sir, wrote:
there's a God in heaven
he waiting for
he can't see the children
he must hear the war
it seems to me
he leads his lambs
the slaughter house
the promised land
Sir Elton. I don't believe bad things on earth disprove God's
existence any more than good things prove him. It's just the way I
if I am right, then all our behaviour, all the time, is open to
scrutiny. Being watched.
own story has a happy ending. My son had been caught up with a gang
of guys leaving a pub who had smashed a shop window and stolen beer
and wine. Everyone in the crowd was arrested. My son's story, that he
was innocent, was backed up by (beat) you guessed it. CCTV.
Released with no charge.
all-seeing eye had vindicated him. Thank God.