“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” – James 4:10
Theresa May, a practicing member of the Church of England, has spoken up and said that Christians should not be afraid of sharing their faith in public and in the workplace.
Speaking freely about Christianity is important in the eyes of the Lord. Why should someone feel afraid, ashamed or embarrassed?
The Prime Minister said that people should be able to celebrate Christmas in harmony, as she endorsed a report, saying that the Christian faith should be “celebrated not denigrated”.
She highlights that many employers with have “little problems” with Christians talking about their faith at work. It should be spoken about like sport, family life and other general stuff is. We shouldn’t be afraid to voice our opinion and our faith. It is no different.
Mrs May’s interference came after the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, David Isaac, advised that over-anxious employers are failing to rejoice Christmas due to panic of offending other staff.
She said: “You raise an important issue that matters to both you and me, and I think that the phrase that was used by the Lawyers Christian Fellowship was ‘the jealously guarded principle’ of that ability to speak freely, as you say respectfully and responsibly, about one’s religion.
“I’m happy to welcome the publication of this report and its findings.
“Of course we are now into the season of Advent, and we have a very strong tradition in this country of religious tolerance and freedom of speech and our Christian heritage is something we can all be proud of.
“I’m sure that we would all want to ensure that people at work do feel able to speak about their faith, and also be able to speak quite freely about Christmas.” Amen to that!
It appears that society is losing touch of the many freedoms that we have as a human race. A key principle for example, which is a profound freedom, is applying the Bible to everyday life. It’s essential that we continue to remind people to be attentive of their morals and values; otherwise they will slowly slip away from them.
If we don’t use them we will lose them.
Those individuals and groups in our society who feel lost, lonely, afraid and neglected need saving and the gospel can help to do that. Sharing and spreading the word of God is a beautiful act of kindness that we should be encouraging more of.
Together we need to inspire confident and prolific evangelism in every area of public life, so speaking up about it is a great way to start.
All of this comes after Theresa May said that Christianity “lies behind what I do”. And TCE Global is very glad to hear that.
James 4:7-8 says: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.”