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Harry and Meghan: Should We Care?

May 9, 2018 by

OK, pop quiz. Harry and Meghan: should we care? Some nights I wake to the sound of the owls and stand at the open window, shooting tobacco juice at the waning moon, and pondering.

Prince Harry and Meghanphotograph by Mark Jones

On the one hand, like many Brits, I have a soft spot for Harry. He’s the quintessential younger brother: bumbling, fallible, always number two, and a snowball’s chance of ever becoming king. We’ve all been hoping for him to get married for years now. On the other hand, I guess the question is who can cope with the wokeness of this couple? On trending issues they are so tremendously with it I could just curl up. I don’t say it’s bad to hold fashionable views; I only say that if the only views you hold are fashionable, something about the stack is out of square. When I saw a gushing piece in the paper the other day about Harry and Meghan endorsing another heavily lobbied cause, the following line from Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster sprang to mind unbidden: “Leave me laddie… leave me to my fried egg.”

And while we are on the subject of the fashionable, here is another question: Is it possible for a Christian to be cool? I mean I know some who try; I’ve been to some churches where it seemed like I was the only person without a body piercing or a tattoo, and I know some clergy who like to emphasize how much they enjoy drinking beer and hanging out, but really? A bit like Christian rock, why settle for a cheap imitation when you could get the real thing?

Christianity certainly did not start out as cool. Paul liked to talk about being “all things to all people” but he was hardly the top pick in the popularity sweepstakes. A lot of people hate his guts to this day, most of them really hip. Fact is, in the beginning, following Jesus was for blue collar types, women, slaves, and prisoners, and I would contend that a serious Christian is always a little bit of an outsider, someone who does not quite fit in. It’s probably going to be a lot less embarrassing for everyone if we can stop pretending we do. In fact, I’d go a lot further than that. If your Christian faith does not put you at odds with society at least in some way, then it may not even exist.

If your Christian faith does not put you at odds with society at least in some way, then it may not even exist.

Still and all, a royal wedding: think about it. Olivia and I sometimes do, and laugh. We were married in May (like Harry and Meghan will be) and I’m telling you it was gorgeous; a white wedding with a blue sky, and the dandelions yellow in the fields. That was fourteen years ago but we still feel a little sorry for anyone who isn’t us. All joking aside, we should rejoice every time a man and woman commit their lives to each other in marriage and found a family. If Prince Harry is serious enough to get married in our current climate of prevaricating individualism, I’ve got to say that’s pretty cool.


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Ian Barth

Ian lives at the Darvell community in East Sussex, UK with his wife Olivia and their four boys.

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  • Thank you Mark. Indeed, smokeless tobacco is by no means part of the British experience, but I spent many of my formative years in the great country of the US of A and retain a few of the habits picked up there.

    Ian Barth
  • ". . . shooting tobacco juice . . ." really? Maybe it's a Brit colloquialism that I've never heard before. Or is Ian an old-time baseball player?

    Mark Anderson