Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Recalling "Not Ashamed Day"

Due to my lack of time for writing at the moment, I am going to dip back in the well for a post I made back in 2010, updated for reflection. 

Pictured at the right is Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury in England. Back in 2010, he helped to publicize "Not Ashamed Day" in response to what UK Christians believe are growing attacks on their faith.

I was glad to see this, and hope that this will be an ongoing event that spreads around the world as much as possible. I personally think we could do with a bit of it here in the United States. We are quickly approaching European levels when it comes to folks walking away from the "Faith of our Fathers." Here's a notable clip from a BBC article:

In recent years, Lord Carey said Christians had been penalised for activities such as wearing crosses and offering to pray for other people.

"Christianity is a public religion, always has been and always will be," he said as he launched the campaign outside the House of Lords. What we believe in is of paramount importance to our nation and were we to lose it, then I have no idea what will happen to the Christian faith in this country."

The former archbishop unveiled a leaflet warning that Britain's Christian culture was "under attack".

Back in 2010, the UK branch of Slavic Gospel Association was celebrating their 60th anniversary. In the video, almost as an aside, one of the individuals being interviewed from the UK office was harkening back to what Christian ministry was like during the communist years in the Warsaw Pact nations, comparing it to the freedom believers had in the UK. Then he added, "back then, at least." It was a quiet acknowledgement of how the tide has turned against Christian expression in England, and Western Europe in general.

It's a warning we'd do well to heed.

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