There once was an English priest called Charlie Andrews who became a friend of Gandhi in India.
letter to Andrews from Gandhi
Andrews worked and lived with the Indian Nationalists. The Government, however, also used him as an intermediary to explain positions and decisions.
Most British people in India misunderstood him, because they thought that he was a traitor to Britain. Many also said that he had compromised his Christian faith.
He was reviled and slandered, even although he wrote books with titles like ‘What I owe to Christ’
Andrews was really, truly, and sincerely, a man of God and a committed Christian.
He followed the way of the Cross in more ways than patiently bearing lies, insults, and abuse from the British in India. He also lived a most spartan life in primitive village conditions, and lived tirelessly for other people. Nobody in any kind of need was outside his concern.
During Ghandi’s illness, Charlie Andrews was constantly with him, and the press reported that he would sing Ghandi’s favourite hymn to him – ‘When I survey the wondrous Cross’
Charlie Andrews never counted the cost to himself of anything he did. That is the true mark of the loyal follower of Jesus Christ, who himself gave up his life for many. Jesus Christ came to serve humankind, regardless of the criticism, condemnation, and misrepresentation. He never compromised his message or his mission.
Nor did Charlie Andrews, nor have countless other followers of Christ in all centuries since Jesus uncompromisingly started to bring the Kingdom of God into the lives of men and women everywhere.
Born in Newcastle, England, on February, 12, 1871 ;Charles Freer Andrews graduated from Cambridge University in 1896 and was ordained priest in 1897. He became Vice Principal of Westcott College, Cambridge in 1899 ; a position which he left in 1904 to take up a teaching appointment at St Stephens College in Delhi.