14th August 2013

Under Attack

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.”
Romans 13:1 (NKJV) 

I well remember a colleague of mine looking for an assistant to help him run his magazine. Of all the many people interviewed none was able to string words together into a sentence, none had a clue about punctuation, none wanted to begin at the beginning and learn the craft. All wanted immediately to be editor. But then this colleague had to spend three or four days writing reports on each of the candidates to place on file in case the organisation was sued for discrimination. “But they’re all useless!” he protested. “Ah, yes,” said the personnel manager, “but some of them are Asians, perhaps ‘gay’, black—who knows? And we have to protect ourselves.” 

That was 20 years ago, and legislation has become tougher since. Today Christians in Britain feel that they are under attack as never before. We have reached a point where political correctness often seems to have gone berserk. And all because the nation has abandoned its Christian roots. The further any nation heads from the rock of Scripture, the worse everything becomes, not better, as was hoped by those protesting for the changes. Look at other examples. We still don’t have equal pay, equal promotion, equal education for the handicapped as well as for the able. There’s no equality between the handicapped in employment either, in hospital treatment, even in prison. And as for the aged, graphic stories recently published highlighted that some 600 elderly patients died of malnutrition in care homes in 2010. 

I fear that we are going to see a backlash quite soon. Already the Catholic Church has bowed out of adoption and care homes for children because it said it couldn’t comply with new British adoption legislation, even though originally the legislation was just to open the door for same-sex partners to adopt.  The Church of England has been quick to publish that it will not allow the use of its churches and facilities to legalise same-sex partnerships. Watch to see that it will become illegal to withhold facilities, even if the church won’t ‘marry’ them within, what shall we say, four years? This government has already scaled back on the child protection police checks. I’d like to say it’s because the situation has improved, but I feel that it has more to do with cost and diverting the police from front-line crime. 

And life will probably become much tougher on overt Christians, as we are supposed to be. Already personal standards are ridiculed or dismissed as old fashioned. At some stage many of us are going to be challenged on what we believe and how we have our religion govern our lives.

Most merciful Father, you have advised that we are to stand firm in our beliefs (Acts 5:29), but then not to resist civil authorities (Matthew 5:41). We will need your wisdom to make the right choices. Humanly we will want to resist, strike back. We will need your help, Father. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford


johnstettafordAbout the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, 6th Form Common Room
Honey End Lane
RG30 4EL

Meeting time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone:  01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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