British Society Continues to Descend into Chaos...
As a patriotic Briton, It gives me no joy to state these things but the time has come to speak out!
Great Britain in 2005: A Confused Moral Shambles with No Signs of an Early Recovery...
BBC News carried an interesting item on its October 13th 2005 News 24 television news channel.
Apparently there has been such a huge upswing in the amount of prisoners in UK prisons during the last decade that a decision seems likely very soon to let many of them out before their sentences are completed provided they are “electronically tagged” - especially interesting in view of the clear recent evidence from several sources that such “tagging” simply does not work and that tagged criminals have been involved in crime. Also an interesting move in view of the fact that while minor crime has fallen in the UK, violent crime has shown an alarmingly increase!
This of course is yet another very clear example of treating effects but not causes – something which all liberal societies become very adept at!
A Dangerous 1960s Turn...
The truth is that British society has been digging itself into a bigger and bigger hole ever since Harold Wilson's 1960s trendy - but inept - Labour government. This was the government which allowed truly committed political liberals access to the wheels of legislative and society-fashioning powers for the very first time. Committed liberals elsewhere too (such as David Steel of the Liberal Party) were given every possible encouragement to introduce malicious anti-Christian law-changing papers to Parliament (Steel introduced the bill to legalize abortion which became British law in 1967). In the very same decade Leo Abse's bill to legalize homosexuality became law. In short, the 1960s was a decade of momentous law changes which would increasingly change the face of British society. But it was perhaps Roy Jenkins more than anybody who quietly but determinedly worked to change the face of Britain.
As a young and raw politician in the late 1950s, Jenkins had written a booklet entitled 'Is Britain Civilised?' - in this booklet Jenkins attacked Britain's "archaic" laws on abortion, censorship, homosexuality, and divorce, as well as arguing for the abolition of capital punishment and for changes to the country's criminal justice system, which he labelled “Victorian.”
A group of left-wing middle-class intellectuals had risen to prominence in the Labour movement and these men held a devout liberal and “modernizing” agenda. These men were led by Jenkins and his friend Tony Crossland; their dream was to see a truly permissive and liberal Britain - free of the moral shackles of the country's Christian heritage. When The Labour Party came to government in 1964, these men (and others who held their extreme libertarian views) seized what opportunities they could to further an agenda which the public were never openly made aware of. When Jenkins became British Home Secretary in 1965 he became quietly determined to pursue this liberalizing agenda and to encourage others along the same path. It was this new 60's permissive climate which opened a Pandora's Box which nobody has since been able to close – liberals were sent out with a truly missionary zeal and became entrenched in large areas of British society especially in the media (radio and television and large sections of the press) and in the administrative level of public and social services. Obviously little of this could have been achieved if many British colleges and universities had not become infected with the liberalism bug and this started to occur very early. Today it has been said that among several hundred workers in the UK social services, for example, you will be hard put to find a single right-wing conservative!!
The Responsibility of Leadership
The 'slippery slope' of immorality, inefficiency and greed fostered in the 1960's only became somewhat checked by Margaret Thatcher's 1980's Conservative government. Britain had become known as 'the sick man of Europe' and Thatcher rightly felt some indignation at this slur and became determined to turn the clock back and to restore responsibility, respectability and sound moral leadership to British society. The fact that this attractive but fiery little lady (and a former Methodist preacher!) succeeeded to the degree that she did speaks volumes for her determination and tenacity – however, the Pandora's Box had been opened and whilst Thatcher certainly restored the UK to being a respected and major European power, she was unable to eradicate the effects of permissive liberalism in large areas of British society.
To state that the answer to prisons bursting at the seams is to release prisoners from their sentences earlier than those sentences stated is such an outrageous example of treating effects rather than causes that it almost defies belief! But liberal societies are almost certain to come up with such “solutions” since they will always resolutely refuse to countenance moral causes and solutions. Of course, they must do so since the very moment that moral causes and solutions are considered the very foundations of Liberalism start to tremble since the very edifice of Liberalism is constructed on the rejection of a supernatural God and any perceived revealed moral and spiritual law.
In fact, of course,
the liberal legislators of 1960s Britain are directly
responsible for the way British society has now become:
We have areas of British cities now ruled by gangs and hoodlums,
drug-pushers are now even in the mainstream state comprehensive
schools and such children are increasingly being instructed by
teachers who reject moral standards and who consider both
abortion and homosexual activity as perfectly acceptable. Crime
is increasingly committed by young people, yet courts - heavily
influenced by 'do-gooder' social workers and liberal defence counsels
- continually refuse to
hand out sentences which would prove to be any sort of realistic deterrent;
of these impressionable young people are willing to admit how the
inspiration for their crimes originally came from watching various
television or Hollywood offerings, yet calls for increased controls/better
guidelines in these areas are always rejected because a liberal society must always reject censorship in order to safeguard its continuance.
Sex continues to be shamelessly exploited and even used to sell the most mundane of products. British television is full of filth every evening after the '9PM watershed' (with continual attempts by television bosses to push back the barriers of how far their “entertainers” can go even before this watershed time); the current highly liberal Labour government has actively encouraged a huge bars and clubs culture in British towns and cities even when it is known that cheap booze drinking packages are directly aimed at young people. Now the government is encouraging a more thriving casino and gambling culture to become established within Britain as well.
On Tuesday, October 18th (2005), the Daily Mail reported that the government has now allowed British prisoners to practise withcraft in their cells if they desire to do so, indeed, only a year previous to this a Royal Navy sailor was given the right to carry out satanic rituals aboard the British frigate, HMS Cumberland.
Figures for teenage pregnancy are going through the roof (with most such young girls being quickly advised by politically-correct and permissive “family planning counsellors” to opt for abortion) and divorce continues at an all-time high. Oh, the British people still worship all right but no longer in their churches or famous cathedrals but they now worship at the altar of Hedonism, in the widespread assumption that the pursuance of enjoyment and entertainment and the avoidance of pain and discomfort are the only goals worth pursuing in life. Enjoyment, acquisition and plentifulness are now widespread goals for many thousands which are being catered for in a consumerist culture with more “super stores” opening every day.
We British are revelling in our material prosperity even while the very pillars of honesty, integrity, decency and morality are crumbling all around us.
A Biblical Perspective
The Old Testament clearly presents a picture of judgment from God being inevitable for any society which has been immersed in the things of God but then rejects Him! Why would we think that this would apply to ancient Israel who walked away from the Old Covenant but not to our people who have walked away from the revelation of the New Covenant and from the greater glories of Christ?
'This is what the LORD says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.”' (Jeremiah 17:5, NIV throughout).
150 years ago British places of Christian worship were full every Lord's Day and while some of this Christianity was undoubtedly institutionalized and habitual that did at least clearly show that the Word of God, the Christian gospel and the name of Jesus Christ were highly valued and honoured! Yet today our leaders – our spiritual shepherds - are falling over themselves in insisting that Christianity has no superior truth claims over any other religion and recent laws have gone through parliament which are clearly aimed at protecting the rights - not of Christianity - but of another religion which has grown up in our midst - Islam.
A Divine Warning To Our Leaders?
I do not deny that the following Scripture was directed toward Israel and that the United States and Great Britain are not Israel, but the principle here would apply to any nation which has been immersed in the things of God (such as Great Britain, Germany, USA and Australia), but then departed from Him. The very Eternal God thunders a message and a warning to the leaders (both religious and political) of such a nation! Please read it:
'...This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter of the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd....' (Ezekiel 34:2-5).
This directly refers to the complete lack of wise leadership from the leaders of a people. Yes, it refers to the spiritually blind leading the people into various cul-de-sacs while they themselves feed on deceptive prosperity!
We may also consider how applicable these words of Isaiah are to the leaders of our peoples:
'Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.
Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust; for they have rejected the law of the LORD Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel.' (Isaiah 5:20-24).
“Yet your countrymen say, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' But it is their way that is not just.” (Ezekiel 33:17).
Robin A. Brace, 2005.
It is probably also essential to read:
VULGARITY, BAD TASTE, IMMODESTY, FILTH; WHERE WILL IT ALL END?