Our leaflet invites you to consider two vital issues about the kind of society we shall be leaving for the generation that follows us.
1 The loss of our political freedom
Britain had a unique record of establishing Parliamentary democracy here and abroad.
We also promoted freedom for individuals to speak, believe and worship according to their conscience. These achievements, hard-won and often defended by the loss of many British lives, are one reason why so many refugees are drawn here. Our membership of the European Union, however, has eroded our democracy. Unlike our British Parliament, the European Parliament cannot make a single new law. It can only discuss new laws. All decisions about new laws, which affect many aspects of British life today, are made by unelected, unaccountable E.U. Commissioners.
It is not surprising then, that so many people now want us to regain our independence by leaving the E.U. We will soon have our long-promised referendum on our E.U. membership. You will hear many arguments, many of them economic, for and against our membership of the E.U. There is the huge cost of our membership. Many agree that the E.U. Is over-regulated, which inhibits businesses. The effects of this can be seen in the slow growth and high unemployment on the continent of Europe. But above all, we would respectfully suggest to you that we need to recover the ability to run our own country. Free from the E.U, we will be free to make our own decisions, our own trade deals with other countries, and our own laws. We will be freed from some of the absurd decisions made by the European Court of Human Rights. Successful countries, big and small, do not need to belong to a political union to be successful. Switzerland, Norway, Canada, Japan, Australia, Singapore and Iceland, some of the world's wealthiest nations, all illustrate that principle. They are independent, they run their own affairs and are not part of any political union.
2 The moral decline – and the loss of our Christian heritage
Who can deny that we are a nation in moral decline? If we look back at our history and examine our Constitution and the Coronation, we see that on the accession of each new Head of State – be it King or Queen – he or she is presented with a copy of the Bible. The monarch then swears on oath to maintain the laws of God, who is our Creator, and in the end, our Judge. Britain is a country, more than any other, founded on the Christian faith. Our moral law derives from the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20). The New Testament writer James quoted verses spoken by God: “Wisdom from above is pure, peaceable, full of mercy and good works, without partiality or hypocrisy. The effect of righteousness is peace.” (James 3 v. 17).
In 16ll, the majestic King James Bible was first published. It had a profound influence on our nation and has been widely circulated, to good effect, worldwide, ever since. The Reformation, the peaceful “Glorious Revolution” of 1688 and our Bill of Rights in 1689 – the bedrock of our current Constitution – were all achievements founded on the nation looking to the God of the Bible for guidance. The historic achievements of the Industrial Revolution and the establishment of the British Empire – which did far more good than many people think today – were the products of a Christian nation.
It is human nature to rebel at the thought of a power superior to ourselves. Expletives slip from our mouths in referring to God – yet we find ourselves worshipping a hero, or something else that gives us pleasure. A weekly day of rest, and regular refreshment of spirit from the Bible, are neglected, which shows contempt of our Creator, instead of worship and thankfulness for His gifts. There is also failure to honour our parents who have lovingly nurtured us into existence. It is so natural for us to satisfy ourselves to the detriment of other people. When we ignore our Creator, we slip much too easily into envy, greed, jealously and lying. There is also a failure to exercise sexual discipline, and a weakness for addictions to gambling, alcohol and drugs.
The Bible shows how we can overcome these sins. Jesus, who is the Eternal Son of God, humbled Himself, came to earth, and died a cruel death, but rose again. All who recognise His authority and earnestly repent of their rebellious mind-set, may seek His mercy and live by His good and wise rules for mankind. After death of the body, spiritual life continues – either to suffer God's wrath – or to live in glorious unity with our Creator. “Whosoever believes in Jesus Christ shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3 v. 16)
“Righteousness exalteth a nation” Proverbs 14 v. 34 Published and printed Oct.4 2015 by Moral Recovery U.K. 66 Chippingfield Harlow, Essex. CM17 ODJ Tel.01763 260461
© October 2015 Rose Fenton
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