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Love God before your neighbour

RECENT political decisions on same-sex marriage and abortion, indicate that a collective social conscience has arisen, in which ill-defined love of neighbour is purchased at the cost of neglect for the individual love of God.

Justice and conscience are ignored, because one is fighting for equality and social justice. So the only sins are social sins. Ordinary Christians succumb to the belief that evil lies only in society.

Neither can the body of the Christian Church answer the same challenge the world hurled at its head on the cross: "Come down and we will believe".

Like sin, grace is unique to each person. It is a double gift of the truth of conscience and certainty of redemption.

For our politicians, it is also freedom from the tyranny of party whips.

BRIAN ROONEY

Downpatrick, Co Down

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