"To warn of an evil is justified only if, along with the warning, there is a way of escape"
Cicero (De Divinatione Book II, sec. XXV)
THE BATTLE LINES ARE DRAWN
It is only after much careful thought that the following video has been put onto our website. The topic is of such importance that whilst we may not necessarily sympathise with every opinion expressed, we decided to go ahead anyway. Listen carefully to the discussion.The views of the Danish journalist, Iben Thranholm, particularly caught our attention.
Western governments, particularly in the USA and the UK, seem to have embarked on a deliberate campaign to rid our nations of every vestige of Christian testimony. Here in Britain, Christians are persistently harassed at work and in their Churches. Street preachers are dragged before the courts. Bakeries, guest houses and other businesses run by Christian people have been targeted and fined. Christians it seems can be hassled on the flimsiest of charges. Rarely is there any substantive argument, just slander. Those of minority faiths do not suffer in the same way; in fact, no one dare utter a word of disapproval. Christian schools have long come under fire and now even Sunday Schools run the risk of being labelled 'extremist' and shut down for not adhering to 'British values' as defined by government. Recent laws introduced onto the statute book are clearly not Christian. Not only are they not Christian, but historically they are not British either.
Laws are based on a moral code and if that code is not Christian then it is of course something else. The separation of Church and State is all well and good as long as this is not interpreted to mean, as it does now here in Britain, the shutting out all 'values' based on a Christian view of morality. We need to be careful in using the term 'Christian country'. What ought to be acknowledged is that in the main, and particularly in the USA and the UK, the moral concepts that have guided lawmakers up until most recently have been drawn in the main from Christian teaching.
Western politicians have persistently refused to take up the cause of persecuted Christians in the Middle East. The answer to prevent this killing cannot be the reintroduction of a secular state as suggested by one of the panellists. Certainly, under Sadam Hussein in Iraq and Bashar al-Assad in Syria, however we may dislike them they generally left Christians to worship in peace. A reintroduction of those conditions is not the answer.Those who name the name of Christ and live in countries that are slaughtering them deserve our support, should we also call 0urselves Christian.
Putin to Obama: You're Turning the USA Into a Godless Sewer
“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent keynote speech.
“Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”
In his state of the nation address in mid-December, Mr. Putin also portrayed Russia as a staunch defender of “traditional values” against what he depicted as the morally bankrupt West.
Social and religious conservatism, the former KGB officer insisted, is the only way to prevent the world from slipping into “chaotic darkness.”
As part of this defense of “Christian values,” Russia has adopted a law banning “homosexual propaganda” and another that makes it a criminal offense to “insult” the religious sensibilities of believers.
"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."