A survey done by the Guardian newspaper in the UK shows that 82% of people there believe that religion is “a cause of division and tension between people”.
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This is nothing new to me. I have had several interactions with people from that part of the world, most notably an interesting and civil debate with an atheist, and then a couple of not so civil encounters, also with British atheists. I see this survey as self-fulfilling prophesy. For many years the mainstream media in the UK has denegrated and belittled the Christian faith, and done their part to promote atheism. The normal angle of attack is similar to that of Richard Dawkins, a pseudo-intellectual approach from a non-existing middle ground.
It is sad to see a society stray so from their founding religion. And, sad to add, that the once mighty nation has fallen. The kingdom on which the sun never set is now limited to enclaves in their own land. Large immigrant communities dominate parts of London and the other big cities. And in the interest of “human rights” and political correctness, there is no indication that the trend will be reversed. While the British colonies had their share of slavery and abuses, they also have the British to thank for infrastructure, health care, educational systems and eventual democratic structures. There are no real world-leading companies left in the UK, unemployment is high, the health-care system is barely coping and socially there are few norms left.
So what happened? Why is it that such a great nation, whose queen is known as the “Defender of the Faith” (which, by the way, Prince Charles wants to change to the more inclusive “Defender of Faith’), has become such an unbelieving nation?
Psalm 28 (ESV) describes such a scenario:
“Psa 28:5 Because they do not regard the works of the LORD or the work of his hands, he will tear them down and build them up no more.
Psa 28:6 Blessed be the LORD! for he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
Psa 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
Psa 28:8 The LORD is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
Psa 28:9 Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever. “
Isn’t this a constant occurence throughout the world? The history of great empires show that with declining morals, and increasing acceptance of all things, those empires fall. David, in this Psalm, begs God not to let that happen to Israel. Verse 5 in particular is very applicable, and does not say that God will stand impartial, no, He will actively tear down the nation that disregards Him.
As we saw previously, God’s word is fixed forever. So it will be, those nations that ignore God will be torn down by God. Biblical history attests to the fact that those nations are given in the hands of their enemy. Witness the rise of the non-Christian religions in the UK, and get ready for the “Defender of Allah”.
Let this stand as testimony to the truth of God’s word. And as a warning to others, even the worlds mightiest kingdom cannot stand if God tears it down.