Message from our Pastor
Virtue signalling seems to be very much in vogue. In fact so much so that you can now find a definition of it online via Oxford Languages: “The action or practice of publicly expressing opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one's good character or the moral correctness of one's position on a particular issue.”
Many politicians are of course experts in this field. They will rush to show how much they are behind the issue of the hour, and compete with one another to assert their support of it.
So, for example, the wearing of a rainbow badge to show how much they are in favour of LGBT rights, blue and yellow colours in support of the Ukraine, or ‘taking the knee’ with regard to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The sad thing is that no matter how good or correct these matters are (we must surely all agree with the principle that black lives matter even if we don’t necessarily support the organisation of the same name, and it is surely right to care about the plight of the Ukrainian people and abhor Putin’s aggression) I get the feeling that so much of the posturing, public statements and gestures of undying commitment mask a shallow desire to simply jump on the bandwagon and be popular, rather than out of any real concern.
Likewise we can easily virtue signal as Christians; that is, to make bold statements as to the strength of our Christian faith and our commitment to Jesus. It is particularly prevalent to do so on social media. But how much do we actually stand for Him in reality? Are our actions, behaviour, attitude and lifestyle consistent with the words that we use, the posts we share on Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.? Or to put it another way, how real is it?
What is certain is that our Lord God sees beyond virtue signalling. It doesn’t fool Him, be it a politician or celebrity showing they support the latest media-promoted cause or someone trumpeting what a good Christian they are.
We actually need to live it; that is true integrity of faith and true deep commitment to the cause of the Gospel.