As Christians we do increasingly feel on the wrong side of the accepted values in society. Whether it be the accepting of many ways to God, freedom to choose your own gender and sexual practice, abortion or euthanasia, in all these realms a true Biblical perspective is not welcomed. But that is nothing new. In fact there is a sense of normality being restored as we face up to interacting with the un-christianised world around us.
Having moved from what was largely a christianised world, though, we greet this change with sadness and alarm. This is even more so as we see the degeneration in society which is resulting from this de-christianisation.
Given this change all of us Christians, and particularly us oldies, can be guilty of misdirecting our concern about where our nation (and world) is headed. We can be always harking back to the past. The default position we can have is that any comment on Christianity or a moral issue, coming forth from our society is going to be against us. So we become paranoid.
I have noticed one or two cases of this of late. They have left me thinking that the response to the presenting issue has not been carefully considered. When the things that have drawn forth alarm, are calmly considered then the “outrage” seems somewhat misplaced. When this happens we can give ammunition to those who say that Christians are always whingeing about anything and everything.
Here would be a case in point where all kinds of statements are made expressing “outrage”. However, the reality is that the matter has been resolved and the CU will be allowed to be at future Freshers Fairs at Balliol College. And, I believe, Mr Potts has resigned.
Let us be careful then in how we respond to the culture in which we live. Let us not be surprised that the world is demonstrating itself to be the world. The world is, and always will be, operating without reference to God and His Word. But let us be careful to be measured and thoughtful in all our responses.