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The Moral Collapse of the UK

May 21, 2008

If ‘righteousness alone exalts a nation’ then in the last 48 hours the United Kingdom has demonstrated its abasement. In a series of votes passed in Parliament we have seen permission granted for the creation of animal human hybrids for research purposes, permission granted for the creation of ‘saviour siblings’ that is the creation of one life purely for the preserving of another, permission for lesbian couples to have babies without any legal role for the father and the denial of a reduction in the number of weeks at which a human being may be aborted. I feel immensely sad at what has happened. Sad because of what it reveals about the state of the country. Sad for the countless lives that will be destroyed in labs, in wombs and in the aftermath of lesbian adoptions. I feel sad too, indeed ashamed, at my own quiet complicity in all of this. Did I make my voice count? One feeble signature on a petition. Did other Christians make their voices heard?  I scarcely heard a word said by the churches.

I recognise my own need for repentance and that of the nation at this time. We are under the judgement of God and will one day face that judgement. Today we must therefore humble ourselves, repent and call upon His name.

Finally a word of thanks to those courageous men and women in Parliament who sought to withstand this moral capitulation.

Dispatches: In God’s Name

May 20, 2008

Channel 4’s Dispatches programme looked last night at the influence of Christian fundamentalism in Britain in a documentary called ‘In God’s Name.’ ( If you missed it you can watch it online at Channel 4 on demand). It was an attempt by the programme maker to alert Britain to the rising political influence of this movement. It followed a number of key figures in this movement as they campaigned on a number of issues including homosexuality, embryology legislation, blasphemy and Islam. Whilst the programme was sensationalist many who appeared on the programme did themselves no favours. The fact that no-one could explain why they believed the earth was only 4,000 years old was embarrassing. Whilst there was undoubtedly an undercurrent of racism in some of the remarks made about Islam. These remarks are not and cannot be acceptable to Christians.

However the tone of the programme and some of the comments made in the press about it also strike a note of alarm. One of the things that seemed most offensive about this group was what they believed. To believe in a young earth was enough to have these people dubbed sinister. Also rather alarming was the suggestion that for Christians to have access to Parliament and to have a voice in the public square was unacceptable. Of course Christians in this country have a long history of seeking to promote the values of the kingdom of God. This is not some sinister new development as the programme seemed to imply. Were it not for the influence of Christians we might still have a slave trade and be sending small boys up chimneys. It also appeared that to fundamentally disagree with homosexuality, Islam and abortion was unacceptable. If you want to find something sinister here it is- people stoking up the fires of resentment against Christians who do not hold their values. It is alarming that whilst people and their methods may be objectionable that their views are not only held up to ridicule but that secularists wish to silence them completely. Where does this end? The supposed toleration of the makers of this programme is not as tolerant as it thinks it is. It is in fact secular fundamentalism.

Evangelicals at the Crossroads- and Losing their Way?(Part 2)

May 25, 2007

Following up on an earlier post (Evangelicals at the Crossroads- and Losing their Way?) I raised a concern that Evangelicals were being defined in terms of their political causes rather than the gospel they proclaim. I wonder how far this has occurred because western Evangelicals have lost their eternal focus? Have Evangelicals in the western world become more interested in making a mark in this life than in making preparations for the next?

When Paul addressed the issue of homosexuality his concerns were directed not towards the wider culture but towards the church. The Bible’s condemnation of infanticide in the OT is directed towards the people of God. Nor is there a developed ecological perspective in the NT since this world is passing. These issues were not related to the wider culture but addressed in terms of God’s people preparing for God’s reward.

The fact that such issues are now identified in the wider culture as as key issues defining evangelicalism raises a big question in my mind. Have western Evangelicals taken their eyes off the eternal prize?Evangelicals ought to have a voice in the public square. But if that voice offers nothing distinctive. If its agenda does not take us beyond the common agenda of public affairs. Then the question is raised as to exactly what perspective Evangelicals are offering.

In the contemporary obsession with relevance are Evangelicals doing nothing more than baptising the popular cultural agenda without offering a distinctive perspective? One which is rooted not in this passing world but in heaven where Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father and from where He will return to deliver His people?

Evangelicals at the Crossroads- and losing their way?

May 23, 2007

According to the Washington Post Evangelicals now find themselves at a crossroads with the death of Jerry Falwell who was a unifying figure in Evangelicalism. Falwell represented the now aged generation of Evangelical leaders who dominated in movement in the 80’s and 90’s. In the place of this generation of leaders a new generation of leaders are emerging with a new agenda such as global warming and AIDS in Africa. Classic homegrown issues such as abortion and homosexuality (a third of American evangelicals under 30 support same-sex marriage!) are now slipping down the agenda.

There are I think at least two concerns regarding this portrait of evangelicalism. First of all it is of concern that Evangelicalism is being defined both by itself and those outside the movement by the political causes it espouses rather than the gospel it preaches. Secondly, whilst AIDS in Africa and global warming are important issues the shift of the agenda raises the question of who is setting Evangelicalism’s agenda. It sounds as if it is now the world that is setting the church’s agenda. Furthermore the Evangelical movement’s distancing of itself from its traditional cultural agenda suggests that Evangelicals are now afraid of giving offence. Again it looks like they are giving in to an agenda set by the culture.

It was DL Moody an American Evangelical of another generation who once remarked, ‘The place for the boat is in the water, God help the boat when the water gets into it.’