Political correctness has stopped Christians expressing themselves, Northern Ireland’s new Presbyterian Moderator has said in a recent statement.
Any philosophy is tolerated except that centred on Jesus, Dr Ivan Patterson added. He pointed to the example of Christian GP Richard Scott, who has been accused of harassment after discussing his religious beliefs with a patient.
Dr Patterson, was installed as Moderator during the opening session of the Presbyterian General Assembly in Belfast. He said:
Society doesn’t need people who are a mile wide and an inch deep spiritually.
He cited the controversy over Dr Scott, from Kent, who was warned by the General Medical Council after it received a complaint about his talking about his Christian faith with a non-Christian patient. Dr Patterson said the church needed “sacrificial servants”.
In our society Christians have had their wings clipped in our politically correct world. It would seem that any philosophy is tolerated except that centred on Jesus Christ. Among us, there is to be a Christian distinctiveness and yet a tolerance and love towards those from whom we differ, for an intolerant spirit defeats the Gospel.
Dr Patterson does have a point. I feel that Christians are being persecuted to an extent because of their beliefs in the UK. Not physical persecution, but persecution which limits a Christian’s free speech. Only recently has an MP stated the same thing. And it has now gotten to the point where Christians have to take the UK government to a European Court for justice.
We have to seriously consider as a country as to whether we support authentic religious liberty and free speech, or whether we don’t and start to censor what people are thinking and saying. The latter doesn’t seem to fall in line with our society as a land which values diversity, expression and freedom.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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