A few weeks ago my team and I were ministering in a location not far from my local church in a vibrant part of the community outside a tube station (subway). A young girl came past and blasted us for forcing our beliefs and religion on people. I responded by saying that there is freedom of speech in this country to share one's beliefs. She responded by saying, "Yeah, but it seems to be only Christians who are doing it." Now this may simply be her perception of things, clearly many Muslims are quite active in their attempts to advance Islam in the UK. But her comments are encouraging nonetheless.
We know from Scripture that the people of this world hate the light and love the darkness (John 3:19-20). Jesus said to His disciples, "The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil” (John 7:7). So the antagonism is actually consistent with the Bible. However, the intensity of the antagonism towards Christianity in this country is a result, I believe, of a lack of godly influence to the people at large. All people all over the world who do not know God hate God. That is a universal reality. However, when godliness is all but removed from society that which is left in its wake is a raging evil embraced by a people who love evil.
The power of Christianity is such that, apart from drawing people into a living relationship with their Creator, it also has the power to transform society through its well rooted ethical values. For example, children today brought up in a humanistic culture are displaying the fruit of their education, namely that they are worryingly lacking in terms of morals and ethical principles. Society is becoming increasingly decadent because of humanism.
Now, not only do we see this to have occurred in our country, we have also seen ideologies and philosophical views brought in that enable people to justify both their beliefs and the lustful desires of their flesh. What do I mean by this? Well, the very concept that there is a God who exists and made this world is to many a work of fiction that is not only foolish but also offensive in what it advocates. It is foolish because in the minds of the populace it has been proven that there is no God. And it is offensive to many because it is seen as a religion that is mutually exclusive and intolerant.
Both of these factors - the removal of godliness and the influx of ideologies and philosophical views - have so run their course in this country so as to all but remove the hard work done in years gone by to lay a sure and godly foundation. The charge to the church in Britain is therefore clear. Make a stand against those views which attack the truth and preach once more holiness and godliness in a most fervent and ardent manner.