‘Induction over the history of science suggests that the best theories we have today will prove more or less untrue at the latest by tomorrow afternoon.’ Fodor, J. ‘Why Pigs don’t have wings,’ London Review of Books, 18th Oct 2007


Monday, 12 November 2012

Denying Jesus Christ in Schools and Child Abuse

There is a growing secular campaign to downgrade or remove mention of Jesus Christ in school assemblies according to government guidelines on daily acts of worship in schools. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9667435/Jesus-Christ-should-be-downplayed-in-school.html

Now, I have always felt a little uneasy about forcing non-Christian children to take part in acts of Christian worship against their will, this because true worship should be in spirit and truth. However, I absolutely believe that schools should teach children about Christian doctrines and the solid foundation that Christianity provides to a coherent and loving set of ethical standards. Instead the Government's proposals seem like a recipe for relativism and subjectivity in ethics, superficially attractive to the weak minded, but ultimately a path to chaos and tyranny where the sight of truth, and then love, is lost.

There are evidently some with guilty consciences who have personal reasons to wish to exclude Christ from the moral landscape; the evidence that there are paedophile rings actively exploiting children in some social welfare homes is deeply disturbing. It is of course wrong to falsely accuse people without evidence and due process of law, but it is clear that many libertines find the witness of Christ to be deeply troubling, although we should not forget that some atheists retain higher moral values than even some professing Christians. But equally, we should remember that God himself has promised to be a father to the orphans and widows, and those who abuse children will have their day in court; if not in this life then in the divine court. One may wonder however what hope the moral atheist can have in a sense of absolute justice? But God is not mocked, and those who have abused children will be called to account and their deeds exposed to the light.

Sadly though even many Christians want God to be so soft he wouldn't hurt a fly, but God reserves for himself the right to take vengeance and we should be rightly fearful of his anger. I hope God is angry when children are abused. Yes, Christ 'suffered' and enjoyed the children's exuberance, but he also took a whip and drove out the corrupt money changers from the temple courts demonstrating his sense of justice.

The atheists and secularists though have nothing to offer and their bankrupt and vacuous moral foundation only opens the door to the greater wickedness of the libertines. It is time for Christians to take a stand against such moral relativism so that we can retain respect for the dignity of humanity, especially the weak and powerless. The recent exposures will I believe force a moral awakening in our land.