MODERN Scotland has “no room for Jesus”, the next Free Church of Scotland moderator has claimed in his Christmas address.
The Rev David Robertson has drawn parallels between the birth of Jesus and life in present-day Scotland, asserting that “atheists hiding under the guise of ‘secularism’” were attempting to “remove all traces of Christianity from society”.
The leading churchman, who takes up the role of moderator in May, said it was pointless in Christians having faith if it did not affect their motivation in the workplace and the community.
His comments come less than a fortnight after secularists criticised Jim Murphy, claiming the MP should not be allowed to become Scottish Labour Party leader because of his Roman Catholic faith.
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In his Christmas message, Mr Robertson said that secularists “want to remove religion from public life”.
“This essentially means they want to remove Christians from public life, as we have recently seen with Jim Murphy, MP, because no Christian is going to hold to an internalised faith only, which doesn’t affect their outlook in every part of their lives,” he said.
“The secularists will continue these witch hunts until Christ is removed from public life and we end up with a Godless dictatorship.
“For them, there is no room for Christ in the inn of the brave new world of modern Scotland.”
The leading churchman concluded, however, that “there is hope”, adding: “Christ has not gone away. He is patient. He still stands at the door and knocks. If anyone hears his voice he will come in and feast with them.”
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