Christianity is portrayed as belonging to the past and advocating restrictive practices on personal freedom. In truth, Jesus Christ was not a repressive figure. Christianity is a spiritually liberating dynamic, which explains its continual global growth. Churches struggle to distinguish Jesus Christ from their own models of government. But there is vacuous folly in thinking that cultural change only brings unqualified benefits, as any honest assessment of present society surely shows.
The Church of Scotland has tried to negotiate these times with casuistic skill. However, it is learning that if it concedes one point of the argument, it is obliged to concede all others. Well intentioned appeasement inevitably brings defeat. Christianity is being politically set aside. Europe is returning to its pre-Christian state.
Blackburn & Seafield Church