British Values?

I wonder how many readers of this college’s blog will have been worried by the instability left in the wake of the UK General Election last Thursday (8th June2017)? And I wonder how many are similarly worried by the tack the media are taking with respect to the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) who are to work with the Conservative party in trying to govern the UK?

The minute this uneasy alliance was proposed, commentators in the media (notably the BBC and Channel 4 of course) were raising their holier-than-thou shrill voices about these ‘unpleasant people’ (DUP), many of whom are ‘against same-sex marriage’ and ‘homophobic’; ‘against abortion’ and have members who believe that ‘Creationism should be taught in schools’. All things, we are continually told, which do not fit in with our ‘British Values’.

Shock horror! The aborting – let’s not mess around with words – the killing of 200,000 unborn babies per year (in England and Wales alone), is now to be seen as decent, normal behaviour, fitting in well with our ‘British Values’. Redefining marriage, after almost 2,000 years of Christian teaching and practice, is so perfectly normal that to even raise a question about it is to incur wrathful catcalls of ‘homophobe!’ And to suggest that there might just be a God who created everything is now seen as something only a lunatic could entertain.

Many of the the values of yesterday have not only been reversed, but ground up and buried under a welter of newly minted ‘British Values’. Who decided what these new values should be, I don’t know. But I do know that anyone who dares question them is, at best, treated with a scornful curl of the lip, and at worst, a much more hostile response.

  1. Stephen Raftery

    Well, there is surely nothing surprising in this, is there?
    But rather than getting annoyed about it, we should rejoice and be glad. Did not Jesus promise that we would be reviled and insulted if we bear witness to him?

    Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

    Christians standing up in the public space and speaking the truth will always be unpopular. Until recently, it was regarded as a genuine British value to permit free speech and to encourage the public proclamation of the gospel. No longer.

    I am convinced that we shall see more episodes of street preachers being arrested and put on trial, which is really only following another long-standing British tradition.

    As I recall John Bunyon, Latimer and Ridley, Tyndall, and many other did time in jail for the gospel. I think those times are coming back again.


  2. Chris Lazenby

    Hi Stephen; thanks for the comment. I think you know that I’ve written many times on this; to be a Christian is, ipso facto, to be ‘going in the wrong directions’ as it were; I agree with what you say in this respect of course, and wasn’t intending to suggest this situation has changed.

    In the cases you cite, Bunyan and Tyndale (etc) were being persecuted by other Christians/the Church for their religious views, and the battle was indeed for the gospel. This still goes on 9as you mention for example, with regard to street preaching etc).

    But I think at all times over the past 2,000 years, most people would have thought that destroying 200,000 babies per annum was wrong (to say the least!), whether Christian, Muslim, atheist… whatever. Personally, I don’t feel any guilt at being ‘annoyed’ about this; indeed, I feel angry about it; not just at the wicked and sinful fact of it, but at the notion that to be against it is now to be seen as wrong, or stupid, or even wicked, and to be not supporting ‘British Values’. Isaiah put it well in 5:20, when he threatened woe to those who call evil good, black white and bitter, sweet (etc).

  3. Hi Chris

    Based on your comments and Stephen’s I couldn’t help think of this news item from the ole USofA…5&utm_campaign=email

    There are shades of this type of challenge appearing here.


  4. Chris Lazenby

    Hi Kevin and thanks for the link. Yes, this kind of thing is happening everywhere. It’s also, sadly, been the cause of Tim Farron’s resignation today. He should never have been in such a corner.

    If one is a Christian today, the immediate litmus test as to whether you’re a decent ‘British Values’ type person, is based on your views in such areas. It really does seem pathetic to me. So called free speech only applies if you’re saying what liberals agree with!



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