Rest assured, dear readers, I am not going to do a ‘Theresa May’ and pontificate about ‘Christian values’! I am going to take her and our leaders to task.
Our politicians and opinion leaders like to talk about ‘The West’ being based on ‘Judaeo-Christian Values’. Easter Sunday, being the most holy of Christian feast days, brings them out in droves. Our TV broadcasters love to show the ‘faith leaders’ in their full paraphernalia celebrating – well, not the whole Mass, of course, but snippets. The Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury get top billing.
Our political leaders have noticed though that there’s something amiss, so they try and take on the mantle of ‘spiritual leadership’. After all, in a secular society nobody needs to listen to an archbishop or watch the Pope, even when the latter washes the feet of Muslim ‘refugees’ to show his ‘humility’.
Thus we have the edifying spectacle that PM Ms May calls for us secular people to come together, saying:
I think of those values that we share – values that I learnt in my own childhood, growing up in a vicarage. Values of compassion, community, citizenship. The sense of obligation we have to one another.
These are values we all hold in common – and values that are visibly lived out every day by Christians – as well as by people of other faiths or none.
Bless – the ‘values of the vicarage’ are what we need!
She’s not the first female world leader to evoke those values. Her colleague in Germany, Ms Merkel, also is a ‘daughter of the vicarage’, and a couple of years ago she said in a TV interview:
We should have the courage as Christians to enter a dialogue then, and while we are talking about tradition, maybe please go to church every once in a while or become a tad more versed in the Bible and maybe be able to just explain a painting in the church or at least be able to explain what the meaning of Pentecost is.
Bless! Learn the Bible! Go to church! That’s all we need … really?
I prefer to draw your attention not on questions of faith but on some facts which hardly get mentioned – not by the ‘leaders of faith’, not by politicians, not in the MSM: the persecution of Christians.
I won’t start a lecture on dhimmitude or on the history of Islamic conquest in the Middle East. Let me instead point out, on this day, that being a confessing Christian might just about be ‘safe’ in this country, but it isn’t anywhere else. Christians are the most persecuted religion in the world. Reports on this are only published, shamefully hidden, on the occasion of Christian feast days, e.g. by Breitbart last December, or by Fox News a couple of days ago. While these reports rely on one single study, it is nevertheless obvious that Christians are being persecuted and killed across the world, and not just by the usual suspects in the Middle East. A good and better-sourced breakdown according to countries can be found here.
Have you heard our ‘daughters of the vicarage’, or our ‘spiritual leaders’ say anything about these persecutions? Have we given shelter to persecuted Christians? Correct me if I’m wrong, but the numbers of ‘refugees’ we have taken in and are still coming aren’t Christians, are they!
But let’s not blame our leaders temporal and spiritual – our establishment MSM are to blame as much as they are. I’m not talking about decades of snide comments on Christianity and Christians, I am not talking about the condemnation of displaying Christian symbols on one’s dress (“don’t stuff your religion down my throat!”) while bending over backwards to allow the explicit display of one’s belief as in allowing niqabs and hijabs and burkhas in public life.
I am talking about the way persecution of Christians is reported, because mostly it isn’t. How quickly did the terrorist attacks on two Coptic churches on Palm Sunday (that was only last Sunday ..) vanish from our MSM! And when was the last time you heard about Boko Haram? It’s not as if they have stopped kidnapping, killing and bombing in Nigeria …
I wonder if someone in our MSM will connect the dots and ask those in our establishment, starting with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Prime Minister, these questions:
Firstly: are you really demanding people must become ‘more Christian’ when doing so would put them in danger of persecution, in danger of their lives? Do you feel you can do so because you are protected and secure, whereas we are not?
Secondly: Islam is not a religion, never mind one of ‘peace’. It is an ideology, a system of state governance. Do you really think that wishy-washy formulas such as ‘the values of the vicarage’ are what is needed to stand up to that blood-spattered ideology?
Standing up to Islam does not require us to become wishy-washy ‘Christians’. It does not require our leaders to bow to Muslim demands, even unto our own PM wearing a headscarf when meeting with Muslim leaders. If she wants to lead, she should do so by displaying her vicarage values, by abandoning those headscarves and wearing a cross on her lapel instead.
We do need a refutation of the intrusion of Islamic symbols into our daily lives which we have allowed so as not to ‘offend’ them, in the name of ‘diversity’. We do not need insipid ‘Christian’ values with no real meaning. Above all, we don’t need such symbols stuffed down our throats.
There is a statue of one of the foremost theologians of the last century at Westminster Abbey. His name is Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He was killed in a Nazi KZ on April 9th 1945. He would’ve called out Ms May and the Archbishop of Canterbury for the cheap ‘grace’ they display in their mumblings about ‘Christian values’.
Easter Sunday is a good time to take a look at his book “The Cost of Discipleship” …