Is Britain a Christian Country? The question surfaces from time-to-time. It came up over Easter when the Prime Minister made comments along those lines. So is Britain a Christian Country? Well, if it is then Christianity is a pretty pathetic thing is it not?
Look at it this way. If you looked at the UK and observed the conduct of our leaders and its people what would you conclude? Surely you would say it was immoral, selfish, greedy and, deceitful. In fact you would probably say it very much equates to the scene described by Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1-5:
But mark this: there will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
So in calling Britain a Christian country, we provide ammunition to those who argue that Christianity must be a useless entity.
The truth is that where the power of the gospel prevails and the Word of God moves forward and Christianity starts to prevail then lives are turned round for good and societies are turned around for good. This always happens.
But what of our churches? We may not live in a country which portrays any deep Christian influence. but surely our churches should portray this. Our churches should be places where the power of the gospel should be on show in the transparent display of transformed lives.
Britain is not a Christian country, but our churches should be “Christian countries”.