Keep out!

Religion is still acceptable in modern society – but only if confined to private life. It’s OK to go to church – but don’t invite a work colleague. It’s OK to pray in private – but don’t offer to pray for a neighbour. That would be – heaven forbid – forcing your own beliefs down someone else’s throat.

Such stoking of social disapproval must have the aim of forcing religious belief (and Christianity in particular) out of sight. There is a vocal and influential minority who would dearly love to see God disappear from public view. But can we really keep a real God out of modern life so easily? Can we confine the Creator of the universe to a brick or stone box, to be visited by the dwindling numbers of the faithful on a Sunday morning? “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.” (Acts 17:24) He is where we are, every day, whether we like it or not; He takes an interest in the way we do our business and our politics. Ignoring Him won’t make Him go away; attempting to ‘ban’ Him is laughable. It’s as illogical (and futile) as trying to live in darkness by keeping the curtains drawn – the sunlight still filters through the cracks.

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