surgery for their local member of parliament.Britain is an interesting place to be and remains decidedly Christian on avariety of levels.
olitically and Legislatively.
Our monarchy is a Christian arrangement of rule, duty and authority. Ournational Church is Established, our Parliament is set on Christianprinciples and has legislation informed by a decidedly scriptural care andconcern for the poor and the vulnerable. Every day begins withprayer. On 2nd June 1953 at Westminster Abbey at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth, in front of 8000 guests and dignitaries as well as 3million in the streets and before an enormous live TV audience, thefollowing exchange took place:
Archbishop: Will you to your power cause Law and Justice, in Mercy, to beexecuted in all your judgements?
Queen: I will.
Archbishop: Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel?
Will you to the utmost of your power maintain in the United Kingdom theProtestant Reformed Religion established by law?
Will you maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government thereof, as by law established in England?
And will you preserve unto the Bishops and Clergy of England, and to theChurches there committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges, asby law do or shall appertain to them or any of them?
Queen: All this I promise to do.
Our history and our culture shows over 1000 years of fusion of Christianity and national life, even where private faith has shifted andchanged.Our most profound laws and rights, the dignity of the humanperson expounded in the Magna Carta arise from a Christian vision andGods existence. Some of the greatest social reform movements from theabolition of the slave trade to the reform of child labour laws wereinspired by committed Christians such as Wilberforce, whose activism inpublic life was inspired by his Christian faith. Our industrial legislationreform against child labour and many other movements are the bequest of our Christian heritage as a country.Britain has benefitted so much in our history from Christianity, not least inthe climate of tolerance and the freedom of religion which has been part of our religious and political landscape for well over a century.