I was called today to comment on the Woolf Institute report which, it has been claimed, concludes than Britain is no longer a Christian nation.
This is what I said:
We can’t understand our culture, society, literature and many of our values, without acknowledging their biblical source. Unfortunately, many people have a myopic view of history and wish to erase the Christian heritage of our nation.
The institutions, such as government, the judiciary (the rule of law), health care, education and even business conduct, were established by Christendom (the time when it was acknowledged that God ruled) over a period of about 1000 years.
Secular thinkers now squat in the house that Christendom built and are claiming credit for it. However, they are altering or even demolishing it and we don’t know what the end product will look like.
The first hospitals and universities where started by Christians. The universal education of children began as a vision shared by three vicars in 1811.
We can’t understand Shakespeare and most classic British literature without understanding the bible.
The values we hold dear, such as compassion for the poor, charity towards the disadvantaged and love of neighbour are all learned biblical values, not human intuition.
I asked the young journalist, 23, if he had heard of Wycliffe, Cranmer, Ridley or Latimer. He hadn’t. I asked if he knew the basic Christian story. He didn’t. So I asked if I could tell him. He consented.
God is eternal and united in love, three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Out of his love, God created the universe and made each human being, giving us dignity and value. In his goodness, he established laws, which the first human beings rejected, plunging the world into chaos and evil. The eternal Son became a human to live the perfect life and then die the death we deserve, taking the penalty for the sins of his people. He rose from the dead and will one day return as judge to fairly judge each person according to the way we have lived. Everyone who has faith in him will be saved but everyone who rejects him will be punished in hell for eternity. Those he saves will live with him in a renewed creation where there is no more evil or death.
I asked him if he had heard that before. He hadn’t.
Are we still a Christian nation? It’s complicated, but yes, by and large, even if the secularists/humanist want to stick their fingers in their ears and shout loudly, “Leave us alone, God. Go away!”