Paper Bellflower

‘It is widely considered an English cottage garden classic’.

This is said of Paper Bellflower. I found it growing in the grounds of Sandbach Parish Church, rather than by a cottage, but this hardly lessens the point. Interestingly, it can be either white or purple. Have you noticed that foxgloves are the same- white or pink. Such plants are defined by their leaves, the flower’s size, the leaf structures- but not the colour.

Old fashioned racists think non-whites are inferior. Modern racists think whites are inherently oppressive. Both approaches lazily define human beings based on their skin’s pigmentation. Rather, a person’s quality is found in the depth of their character, a measure that goes far deeper than flesh. If we can successfully categorise flowers without resorting to colour, why not humans, which are of far greater value? Only one thing is more valuable than character and that is salvation itself. In Christ our Saviour, there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. (Col 3:11)