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A refreshing lapse into relative sanity by David Cameron

I emphatically disagree with British Prime Minister David Cameron's controversial statement that Britain is "a Christian nation."

Nations are not baptized. Nations do not believe. Nor are law and ethics the measure of whether a person, or group of people, are "Christian;" the test, rather, is faith in the specific claims of a man named Jesus of Nazareth, and in His promises. But these days- especially in places like England- I've learned to be grateful for every remaining glimmer of sanity when it comes to such things.

Cameron- who freely confesses that he is only a lukewarm member of the Church of England, and not all that well informed as to its doctrines and teachings- confirms his rather fuzzy ideas about the relationship between Christ and culture in the article linked to above. It's also ironic that the man who has spoken up- however confusedly- for the role of Christianity in the life of his increasingly secularized country is also the man who decided- for no apparent reason other than to soften the image of his Conservative Party- to make same-sex "marriage" legal in Britain. This is an act which a better informed Christian would not have considered, given its inevitable impact on the already-beleaguered institution of marriage among heterosexuals (gay- and particularly lesbian- couples divorce far more often than straight ones, and even "marital" relationships between gay men are not exactly noted for monogamy).

But hey. At this advanced stage in the decay of our Western civilization, Cameron's words in defense of the religious and ethical tradition which has formed that civilization more than any other influence cannot help but be welcome. As has been observed many times, when people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing.

They believe in anything.


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