We just got back from a trip to England, visiting extended family.
Travelling around England would cause any North American Believer to reflect a lot on church history. It’s fairly common for an outsider to tour Britain or Europe and say, “I love all the old buildings.“
However, I was impressed and brought to deep thought by the churches. As we drove or took trains through cities and towns, and over the English countryside; every once in a while my eye would catch a steeple erected out of an ancient looking stone parish.
Each time, I thought about the thousands of people who had walked through those church doors over the years. Most of whom, are likely now in heaven. The signs of their Christian tradition have been sustained and preserved on and within these historic structures.
All this being said, Christian culture has definitely not been sustained and preserved as these churches have. After spending some time in British culture, my perspective is that England is definitely showing the signs of a people who are caring less about God and the church.
Don’t get me wrong; my goal is not to bring offence on anyone who waves the English flag. I just mean to shed some light on the fact that Britain, year by year, is moving away from its heritage of being one of the most Christ-centred nations in the world.
Great Britain was once a nation who once evangelised the world round, through massive amounts of missionary work. Now, many churches are now struggling to even evangelise to its own people.
Statistics would show that this trend is happening throughout the Western world. Yet, the culture that I experienced over the past two weeks seems to indicate a culture that is a little further down the line of moral neglect. Much prayer is needed for the church in Great Britain.
The following clip is an interesting news report on Britain’s shrinking Christian culture. Personally, I’m not impressed with the war terminology that the report seems to indicate. Yet, it is fitting in relation to what I experienced over the past two weeks.
Will North America follow Britain’s decline in Christian culture?