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Unchanging Values

Some of us had the privilege of hearing Dr Peter Saunders, the Chief Executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship, speak last Wednesday at the 2016 Hartley Wintney Lent Lecture (organised by their local Churches Together). His subject was “Changing Culture: Changing Ethics – how much are current trends affecting our values?”
Dr Saunders gave a whirlwind overview of the great changes in culture and ethics that have taken place and are continuing, particularly in the UK. It was very sobering to see so clearly portrayed the impact of these changes on our nation, especially since the middle of the 19th century. I particularly noted one statistic – in 1900 55% of all children attended Sunday School whilst today the figure is less than 3%.
Do we despair? Well it is clear we must be very cautious about looking to politicians for inspiration. Dr Saunders outlined the Prime Minister’s recent retreat from seeking to uphold Christian values to a campaign backing British values. Fundamental to Christian values is, of course, the Lord Jesus Christ – His uniqueness, His deity, His saving mission, His return. At the commencement of His ministry (in Luke 4v18,19) Jesus spelled out His manifesto values, which can be summed up in terms of preaching, deliverance, healing and justice. These are our unchanging values whatever may be happening around us.
Whilst reminding his audience that we live in a post-Christian society, Dr Saunders noted (with his medical perspective) that it was through just two midwives and a baby that God saved and delivered a whole nation (Exodus 1v15-21; 2v1ff).
As I close I was drawn to Luke 12v32,33: “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the Kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor”. May we hold firm to our Saviour and to His values – our nation may yet again be saved and delivered.
Peace and Grace
Paul