Broken Britain, Still Broken!
by Nick Bishop
Britain seems a troubled land these days, where the authorities seem bereft of any easy answers and crime is running rampant up and down the country.
Key services that hold up our society have suffered severe cutbacks, such as the NHS, local councils, fire service, police, welfare etc. Youth clubs and children’s centres have also had their money drastically cut or they have been closed down.
These drastic ‘austerity’ measures hit the poorest people and the most deprived areas the hardest. The knock-on effect of this is a spiral in crime, where young people with nothing to fill their lives, join gangs because it gives them self-esteem and a sense of belonging.
Commodities like a flashy car, making money from contraband and some music often feed young people’s minds with negative images. This is a get rich – die young lifestyle for many youths. This sickness encroaches on and erodes many of our communities.
Gangs are not only armed with guns but an array of weaponry such as swords, baseball bats, machetes and knives. These gangs fight turf wars where its casualties also include innocent victims in these mindless feuds. These gangs are proving a menace to our society.
The police, local authorities, charities, churches, other faiths, and community leaders do what they can to alleviate the situation, however, though there are successes, for the most part, it seems they are fighting a war without end.
Austerity and cutbacks don’t help as has been mentioned, but the breakdown of the traditional family and communities has also enabled this sorry situation to come about. Secularism and other faiths have pushed out traditional Christian values, in favour of politically correct notions of a what a family is or what a community should be, but again, none of this seems to help. It may seem old fashioned or not trendy to say, but, until society returns to the values of the Bible, be it, individuals, communities or government, none of the quick fixes, no matter how well intended, will work.
As Christians, whatever our role in society, let us be bearers of light and hope, to the troubled UK we find ourselves in today.
Here are some Biblical verses that speak into such matters:
Exodus 20:13 “You shall not commit murder”.
Psalm 11:5 “The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence”.
Matthew 10:28 “And do not fear those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. Rather, fear him who can kill both the body and soul in hell”.
Hosea 4:2 “There is swearing, lying, murder, stealing and committing adultery; they break all bounds and blood flows”.
God bless you xx.
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