The Sanctified and the Scoffer
The older I get, the more I value wisdom.. A chick who goes by the name of Gloria Copeland says that He’s an if-then God. People demand on a daily basis, where is your God? Folk said it in David’s day, and they’re still saying it. I’d say we’ve left out the if-then.
I realize Truth is the new hate speech, but after the horrific attack in Manchester, England that left 22 young people dead, 22 souls who will never get another chance to make a different choice for their eternal destination, I’m ready to make my voice be heard. We really need to wake up and smell the smoke. Innocents are dying and they will continue to die until we accept there’s a problem and stop being so darned ‘politically correct’.
Not all Muslims are into radical Islam, I realize this; many are kind gentle folk who are really good people. But just like any race and culture, they have their radicals. Radical Islam never has been and never will be anyone’s friend. It passionately believes any nation or people different from them are infidels, and as such, deserving of death. In as glorious (ie. violent) a way as possible. Period. You can sugar coat the facts all you want to, but it won’t change them.
Truth, however, is not subject to change. It’s certainly not what culture says it is. What is Truth? you ask. I’m glad you did. In John 17 verse 17 my Bible say’s God’s Word is Truth. Nothing more, nothing less. I’m going with that. Second Chronicles 7 verse 14, states:
If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Take this piece by piece and you’ll see why I’m fired up.
If My people –
The wonderful world of Wikipedia claims that for almost 1,500 years the United Kingdom was supposedly ruled by what it calls “various forms of Christianity” (emphasis mine). Now, apparently, “the UK as a whole lacks any official religion” (emphasis mine), though “only a Protestant may inherit the British throne.” So what we’re saying is we don’t believe in a God but the Queen of England must? Get real.
Who are called by My name –
In a 2011 census, 59.5% claimed Christianity. It was rather interesting to me that in the same survey, 82.3% of Ireland, notorious in history for extreme violence, claimed the same faith. In 2009, over 50% decided to self-classify themselves as not religious at all. And we wonder why we’ve got problems. In 2014, 77% of the British public had decided they weren’t very religious, according to uk site vexen. Monica Furlong even had a name for it – “cultural attachment to Christianity”. Excuse me? Grace Davis wrote an article about Believing without Belonging. Which brings up a good point. How can you belong to something if you don’t believe in it? Monica says, and I quote, “Children who do not come from churchgoing homes – as I did not – now grow up largely ignorant of Christian ideas in a way unimaginable half a century ago…” Ya think? In 2003, only 55% of the population could name one of the four gospels, while 60% could name the Muslim’s most holy book, the Qur’an. You’ve gotta be kidding me!
Will humble themselves and pray –
Jeremy Paxman asked The Very Reverend David Edwards, who has authored more than thirty books on the subject of modern Christianity, for his take on England’s spiritual pulse, and this is the response: “he just told me bleakly that ‘The English have lost any sense of what religion is’.” Hello! That might explain why, in 2013, only 25% of teenagers thru age 24 believe He exists. No wonder He’s not moving mountains. We ain’t prayin’!
Paul Avis, in Public Faith? The State of Religious Belief and Practice in Britain, claimed, “Views are uninformed, not deeply held, seldom acted upon, and relatively volatile”. I’d say Manchester proved this true. And 22 souls paid the ultimate price for that “not deeply held, seldom acted upon…” faith few claim and even fewer practice.
And seek My face –
Here’s what scared me. “As elsewhere in the western world, religious demographics have become part of the discourse on multiculturalism, with Britain variously described as a post-Christian society, as “multi-faith”, or as secularised.” Do what? Last time I checked, Christianity was a counter-culture, not a multi-faith, come-as-you-are, all-religions-lead-to-God gospel. Of course, I may be wrong, so call me on it. I also have a slight issue with discourse on multiculturalism, too, since we’ve been discoursing for quite a while and all we’ve got for it is steadily increasing violence. Which, incidentally, God addresses in Matthew 11 verse 12, where He says that the kingdom of God will suffer violence, but we’re supposed to counteract that and take ground ourselves. Are we doing a good job of it? The facts speak for themselves.
And turn from their wicked ways –
The BBC can claim all they want that, “”The overall decrease in the number of self-identifying Christians is consistent with recent social attitude and social value surveys” (emphasis mine) , and that “only 29,267 people specifically describe themselves as atheist”, denying there’s a problem, but that only proves to me we’ve forgotten history, and according to George Santayana, if we forget it we’re doomed to repeat it. They’ve forgotten the immortal words of Edmund Burke, British statesman during Churchill’s, time, who wisely told his peers that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. How’s that workin’ fer ya? It’s not. The Queen of England, a supposed Protestant, attended Elton John’s wedding.
Then I will hear from heaven –
When the former Prime Minister is attacked for claiming, God forbid, that England is a ‘Christian country’, how can Britain say “the number of Christians on the planet is continuing to grow faster than the birthrate” (emphasis mine)? It either accepts or rejects Christianity, and if it’s growing it should be influencing, so why was he attacked for his belief? I seem to remember a former President claiming the US was not a Christian country. I happen to respectfully disagree, because I live here. You can speak for you, but you will never have the right, no matter what public office you hold, to speak for me.
Even The Spectator got in on the act, with an article written by Damian Thompson in 2015 proclaiming, “2067: the end of British Christianity – Projections aren’t predictions”. This article stated that 2067 will be the year when “the Christians who have inherited the faith of their British ancestors will become statistically invisible. Parish churches everywhere will have been adapted for secular use, demolished or abandoned.” The writer also believes, “Christianity is dying out among the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic inhabitants Christianity is dying out among the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic inhabitants”. Wow. That kind of says it all, doncha think? He also made that point that, “I’ve compared Britain with America because our countries are supposed to have radically different attitudes towards Christianity. Yet the direction of travel is now the same. And this is true despite the fact that the United States doesn’t have a fast-growing Muslim population.” And they wonder why suicide bombers succeed in their plans to destroy all infidels.
Forgive their sin –
His last words were very profound: “As a Catholic, I believe that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church founded by Peter. There will always be someone to take the place of ‘the last Christian’. But not necessarily in Britain, where the death rattle has begun.”
And heal their land –
Things are going from bad to worse, apparently. Harriet Sherwood, author of a The Guardian newspaper article, says in 2014 those claiming no religion, or “nones”, finally outnumbered those who claimed the Christian label, 48.5% verses 43.8%. Tell me there’s nothing wrong with that picture. Even what Britain calls “cradle Catholics”, those raised up in the church and taught the core values, are part of the “nones”. If you have no Christ you have no true moral foundation for life. Which would explain a lot.
In the meantime, I’m of the opinion that “greater awareness and toleration of different creeds and ideas, encouraging religious pluralism and eviscerating commitment to a particular faith, all form components of the case for secularization” is the very worst way to run a country ever.
What are we giving God to work with? I solemnly encourage you to read 2 peter 3, verses 1 to 13.
England can claim that “Christianity is dying and only Islam is growing” in any study they want, but I’m going with Truth, which gave us a mandate, what’s known as The Great Commission, in Matthew 28 verse 19: Go and make disciples. Like my pastor says, two thirds of God’s name is GO. The question is, are we?
I’m wondering if this state of affairs is in part due to our perception of “Christianity” and “church”. This picture says it all.
Kari, the finally-fed-up-of-silence gal
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