A Happy New Year to one and all! Let us begin 2018 by considering the 7 C’s of Christian action. It will be good to incorporate them into New Year Resolutions.
There have been many books written on Christian doctrine, many biographies of Christians which motivate to Christian action, but not as much about the biblical principles of Christian behaviour. The deficiency is keenly felt in our day.
This huge gap cannot be filled with a short blogpost, so let me list these seven points for the present.
The Seven C’s of Christian action
Christian common sense
and Christian conscience.
This list is quite long to remember, so one can break it down into shorter lists.
Begin with this short coffee-table list: Christian common sense, Christian charity and Christian conscience.
The decline in these three Christian values explains why British society is falling apart. When ordinary people wonder what is happening to our country, let them consider and discuss these three Christian C’s.
When I was young, we were told that the problem with our society was that people needed education. Then there was added to this: they need jobs, then better jobs. Then there was added to this: they need houses to have a sense of ownership, then better houses. However, it was bankers with plenty of education, well-paid jobs and possibly more than one house each, who crashed our economy in the credit crunch of 2008 from which the UK is still slowly recovering. It reminds me of the adage that you need to own a bank in order to rob it. The Christian Party has called for a review of banking and how money is created in order to finance the country’s recovery and to put it on a sound basis for the future. The rapid rise of cryptocurrencies is a symptom of the need to review this basic commodity of our economy.
In the same period of time over my lifetime, murders have increased, abortions continue apace, marriages and families are falling apart, vocations have become jobs, corruption and inefficiency is endemic, and civil strife is increasing, with the only thing keeping our heads above the water being technological advances in the scientific realm, which restrains rioting in our streets.
The real problem is the lack of Christian common sense, Christian charity and Christian conscience.
In the context of societal values, I used a list of 5 C’s – Christian care, compassion, conviction, courage and conscience in this blogpost.
Christian conscience is common to both lists, because it is the vital ingredient for Christian action. Many people have an elastic conscience – it can be stretched to accommodate new but unpalatable situations. There are many phrases to describe this phenomenon – ‘every man has his price’ for silencing his conscience or buying his support; the line of resistance is drawn in shifting sand; moving the goalposts; etc. The opposite (stirring even complacent people into action) is NIMBY (No In My Back Yard).
The last Christian voice in the boardrooms, staffrooms, and other decision-making bodies in our land acted as the Christian conscience for the whole group, but when they retired or died, the floodgates opened for non-Christian, unchristian and even antichristian action. I often drew attention to this publicly in the 1990s and we are now well past ‘the hole in the dyke’ stage, and the flood waters of antichristian values are pouring through our land.
‘When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard within it’ Isa 59:19.
When is this? ‘And the Lord saw that there was no man, and He wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore His own arm brought salvation and His righteousness sustained Him. For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, a helmet of salvation upon His head, avenging garments for clothing, and He wrapped Himself with zeal like a cloak’ Isa 59:16-7.
The Lord’s sovereign and powerful intervention is needed to recover our land from its apostasy. This will be seen when and by the Spirit of the Lord lifting up a standard – by raising up Christians who will stand – ‘Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand’ Eph 6:13.
This Christian conviction and courage is what I wish for the United Kingdom in this 2018 New Year, and may it be seen in all the nations of the world. The best is yet to come.
‘Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in heaven’ Mat 6:10 and Lk 11:2.
‘Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.’ Rev 22:20-21.