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Defender of the Religion or defender of religion?

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In a reception at Buckingham Palace on Friday night, King Charles assured assembled religion leaders from numerous religions that he would work to protect the space for faith.

Waxing lyrical, he continued that it was his responsibility “to guard the variety of our nation, together with by defending the area for religion itself and its apply via the religions, cultures, traditions and beliefs to which our hearts and minds direct us as people.”

He went on to say that, as a member of the Church of England, his private beliefs had love at their very coronary heart, in order that he was dedicated to respect those that observe different religious paths, in addition to those that search to reside their lives in accordance with secular beliefs.

Attention-grabbing. At her coronation in 1953, Queen Elizabeth II, as head of the Anglican Church, swore to do her utmost to keep up the legal guidelines of God and the true career of the Gospel, doing all in her energy to keep up in the UK the Protestant Reformed Faith. She additional swore to keep up and protect the settlement of the Church of England and its doctrine, worship, self-discipline and authorities, as established by English regulation.

This oath, taken by the sovereign, was laid down by statute in 1688. Since that point there have been occasional makes an attempt to amend it, however the legality of such amendments remains questionable. Are we to deduce, nevertheless, that Charles is now proposing a radical rewording of the oath that can basically undermine our structure?

Our new King is undeniably well-meaning and making an attempt to proceed the custom of trustworthy service to the nation so effectively exemplified by his mom. We each applaud and help him in his dedication. However, on this space at the very least, his strategy seems to be misconceived. The UK stays basically a Christian nation. Our legal guidelines and tradition are based on Christian values and perception – which values have rightly made us the envy of the world. Within the nationwide curiosity, they should be upheld.

As we speak our society is undeniably numerous, enjoying host to a wide range of totally different beliefs and cultures, a few of which sit uneasily alongside one another. Witness, for instance, the present violent unrest between Hindus and Muslims in Leicester, that erupted following a cricket match.

Given our now ethnically numerous inhabitants, such cultural battle is maybe a actuality that, within the years to come back, we might effectively see enhance, and that can undoubtedly pose one thing of a problem if we’re to keep up peace, whereas serving to individuals reside in real tolerance and concord. However saying that all beliefs are of equal worth isn’t the reply.

Sure, as Christians we have to respect and love others, however that doesn’t imply that we must always unquestioningly settle for their beliefs as of equal validity to these which, for round 1,500 years, have offered the inspiration for our nation. Charles ought to perceive that, as a Christian nation, we have to settle for and acknowledge Christ alone because the Approach, the Fact and the Life. As such, we worth and respect the beliefs of others, however we don’t settle for them as of equal standing and worth. We don’t all worship the identical God.

We applaud our new King’s efforts to unify the nation, and we unreservedly help him on this, however we name upon him to reaffirm our nation’s dedication to Christian values and perception. Beneath Christ alone, who calls us to like and respect all equally, will our nation prosper, and solely in allegiance to Him will we show and obtain real tolerance.

Allow us to not compromise our elementary and foundational beliefs out of failure to understand and acknowledge the variations between totally different religions – or certainly between faith and secularism – and for concern of offending those that pursue a distinct and inconsistent agenda.

Lately, Christianity has turn into essentially the most persecuted religion on the planet. From Afghanistan to North Korea, to India and Iran, to Somalia, Egypt, Pakistan, China … the record appears countless, however in all these international locations Christians now face discrimination, injustice, intimidation, mistreatment, abuse, violence, ethnic cleaning and even genocide.

In reality, Christians obtain neither tolerance nor respect from different faiths. So allow us to not delude ourselves that we will obtain a peaceable and harmonious society by sacrificing our Christian heritage and perception to what are basically woke concepts of inclusivity.

We name upon our new King to uphold the religion courageously, valuing others, however with out the misapprehension that they share an analogous dedication to that love, tolerance and respect that’s genuinely the center of Christianity.

Rev Lynda Rose is founding father of Voice for Justice UK, a gaggle which works to uphold the ethical values of the Bible in society.

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