Mending broken Britain – the solution is not initially a political one

Broken Britain - from Birmingham University Conservative Future (BUCF)

In a survey conducted for the The Times last week 42% of Brits said they would emigrate if they could. The results of the survey also included other startling headline statistics:

  • Over 60% of voters do not recognise the nation they once knew.
  • 70% believe society is broken
  • 68% say that if you play by the rules you get a raw deal.
  • 82% said it is time for a change
  • 64% think that Britain is going in the wrong direction

A year ago, Durham University carried out a different survey which found that:

  • 2% of people surveyed could name all ten commandments.
  • 62% did not know the parable of the prodigal son.
  • 60% could not give any detail in the story of the good Samaritan.
  • People under the age of 45 were the most biblically ignorant.

There is a correlation between the two surveys: the health of society is directly proportional to its knowledge of God.  Britain is broken because its people have collectively forgotten who God is.

Judges 2:10-12 And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel. And the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals. And they abandoned the LORD

Politicians cannot mend broken Britain. How long will it take for our MPs to realise that social engineering does not and cannot work.

The heart of the problem in Britain is the hearts of its people. People are made by God to worship God with all their heart.  When we forget God we don’t stop worshipping but worship instead the things God has made: celebrities, film stars, football players, page 3 girls, Olympians, our families,  cars, houses, bank balances, our own image (narcissism is the worship of self).

These acts of worship are destructive because they are self serving. But the good news of Jesus Christ, who died for the sins for his people, turns people to serve the true and living God. The faith, hope and love produced by the gospel turn people inside out. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the baby Thessalonian church:

For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. 1 Thess 1:9-10

At this general election, what the nation needs is not more socio-political tweaking and meddling but a political movement which is positive about the gospel, encouraging British citizens to find and join joyful, cross-centred, Holy Spirit filled, biblical churches and schools. Secularism has failed. The secular law makers of this land have undermined the gospel (although some might say that the church did a good job of undermining the gospel itself – John T Robinson and John Hick beng two archdeacons of the cult of liberalism) long enough and things must change. The change of direction we need is towards God though faith in Christ. Jesus said “if you are not for me you are against me.” There is no neutral ground. As unbelieving MPs will not stand for Christ they must be against him. By claiming “neutral” ground in the name of multi-culturalism, MPs deny Christ.

So I want my local MP to be an openly believing and practising Christian who applies godly wisdom and understanding to his decisions. I want my local MP to take the bible as the authoritative word of God and then to apply his mind to the task of forming policy according to God’s revealed wisdom and law. I want this because I know that if my MP follows the King of kings and Lord of lords then the rest will eventually fall into place.

About neilrobbie

I am a 6'6" formerly ginger Scot, in a cross cultural marriage to my lovely Londoner wife. We've lived in SE Asia and since 2005, I have served as an Anglican minister in Wolverhampton and West Bromwich.
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