Chris­tian com­pass lost at sea

The Sunday Times - - OPINION - Cor­rine Barraclough

WE have be­come a so­ci­ety ob­sessed with out­rage, and cen­sor­ship. In this per­plex­ing new land, destruc­tion, erad­i­ca­tion and re­jec­tion be­comes “progress”.

Where is the master plan for what comes next? Who has thought this through? Loss of faith in or­gan­ised re­li­gion and loathing of tra­di­tion may well ex­plain why Chris­tian­ity is in­creas­ingly slammed. But has any­one given any thought to where val­ues will come from?

Equal­ity and fair treat­ment for all are cer­tainly not at the heart of bi­ased pro­grams such as Re­spect­ful Re­la­tion­ships be­ing pushed in schools. When I was grow­ing up, re­peat­ing the verse, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” ,was daily rou­tine. Yes, it’s a Bible verse, Luke 6:31.

Con­sid­er­ing Christ­mas cards are on the brink of ex­tinc­tion in schools and all Chris­tian ref­er­ences are be­ing ex­pelled, will such val­ues be ban­ished too? Do we place no value on them any more?

As I age, I am re­al­is­ing the core val­ues that were in­stilled in me as a child are pre­cisely what mod­ern so­ci­ety is lack­ing. I’m re­peat­edly stunned by the nar­cis­sis­tic pur­suit of pri­ori­tis­ing self, re­jec­tion of the con­cept of fair­ness for all, and bla­tant dis­re­gard for equal re­spect. I’m not con­vinced this is progress.

I was raised in a strict Bap­tist house­hold. I’m not for one tiny sec­ond say­ing that was fun, or the way for­ward.

I have lit­tle time for pre­scribed faith and would be the first to ac­knowl­edge the harm or­gan­ised re­li­gion has done. How­ever, who can ques­tion be­ing raised with Chris­tian val­ues gives you a solid moral com­pass?

Ba­sic prin­ci­ples of kind­ness and com­pas­sion never go out of style, even if Chris­tian­ity has be­come as damned as the tra­di­tional fam­ily unit.

As pro­gres­sives take charge, aren’t we all a lit­tle more lost?

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