Wednesday, May 14, 2008

MPs: Godlessness is ‘making us miserable’

Considering the view of Tony Blair that politicians who ‘do God’ are ‘nutters’, it is a brave group of MPs who dare to issue a report which concludes that Britons are unhappy not because they are materially poor but because they are in spiritual poverty. The Daily Telegraph continues:

A report by a cross-party group of Christian MPs says the country is wallowing in misery despite increasing wealth and emphasis on happiness in schools.

Their study states: "One impetus behind this project was our sense that there is a strong feeling of disaffection among the inhabitants of these islands. It seemed to us that our national sense of wellbeing is at a low ebb; people are wanting something more out of life.

"Given all the advances of recent years, we seek to understand why a sense of human wellbeing – happiness if you like – is not more widespread."

They claim society lacks a sense of well-being because of a loss of faith in God and religion.
They point to the large number of self-help books on happiness available in bookshops, and research which claims people are no happier than 50 years ago despite increased personal wealth.

The authors claim people are pursuing money at the expense of relationships, the environment and respect for each other.

The report continues: "Our solutions do not involve yet more law or increased taxes, but rather a call to re-examine the decisions taken in every sector of society in the light of crucial life-changing principles."

They say all companies and MPs should consider whether any proposed decision will improve relationships in people's families and communities, and whether it is socially and globally responsible.

The authors claim everyone's wellbeing would improve if Christian values were taken more seriously in society.

Gary Streeter, a Conservative MP and a member of the working party, said: "I think many policymakers sense these things, but don't know what to do about it.

"The faith communities have a great opportunity to lead here, but only if they stop carping and being against everything and start to be more positive. It is as much a message to the faith communities as other opinion formers."

But Cranmer is shamed by the ‘political correctness’ and multi-faith-pussy-footing-around that this report appears to promulgate. There is no ‘loss of faith in God and religion’ in the UK; indeed, according to the last census and the rising numbers of those attending mosques, gurdwaras and mandirs, religion is thriving. And these religions would deem that they all practice ‘Christian values’, as would many non-believers. And so the report calls for leadership from ‘the faith communities’ who must ‘stop carping and being against everything’.

Well, Mr Streeter, your view of faith communities is somewhat limited by your own experience of them, and that cannot be very great. If this ‘carping’ and ‘being against everything’ is supposed to refer to campaigns likes those of prominent Roman Catholic clerics against human/animal hybrids, or of Nadine Dorries against abortion, you might like to consider the scriptural injunctions to contend for the faith, and contention is what the faith demands, for we are not concerned with our popularity in the world, but with the approval of God.

And this God is the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, with whom the Son is consubstantial, co-eternal and indivisible. And the report omitted to mention that the religion which is being lost is the Christian religion, and the God who is set aside is the Christian God, and the only holy book which is impugned is the Bible, and the only fellowship of believers who are treated with contempt is the Church.

And Cranmer thinks this to be worthy indeed of more than a little carping.


Blogger The Green Man said...

Stanley Baldwin, towards the end of his life, told Lord Eustace Percy that he wished he could have been another Wesley. Without a movement equal in power to the Great Evangelical Revival which began in 1735 this nationm is doomed to sink in the mire of hopelessness and degradation. The effects of a real reivial of heart-religion would transform Britain, soul by soul. We must pray to God to raise up men of the Calibre of John Wesley, George Whitfield and J. C. Ryle.

14 May 2008 at 10:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interestingly todays Telegraph has an article about a letter confirming Einstein's lack of belief in god.
were-%27childish%27.html doubt the toys will come flying out the prams shortly...

14 May 2008 at 10:46  
Anonymous Daniel said...

One impetus behind this project was our sense that there is a strong feeling of disaffection among the inhabitants of these islands

Which of course has nothing to do with how monstrously some of our politicians behave. Or how monstrously they treat some of society's most vulnerable people. Take child poverty as an example - the Government could end it tomorrow if it wanted to. Stop spending money on guns and bombs and PFI - problem solved.

Shit, we screwed up AGAIN. I know, let's blame a spiritual vacuum. Unbelievable, even for MPs.

14 May 2008 at 11:18  
Anonymous Terry said...

is there a link to this report anywhere?

14 May 2008 at 13:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There isn't much in the way of glorifying the Kingdom of Heaven in this report.

15 May 2008 at 00:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's called Subversion.

Here is where we are headed.

All hands on Deck

15 May 2008 at 22:47  

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