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Sunak’s Coronation reading and the battle against wokery


THE New Testament passage Prime Minister Rishi Sunak read at the King’s Coronation yesterday could not have been clearer about the spiritual supremacy of Jesus Christ.

The extract from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in 1st century Colossae, in Roman Asia, includes part of what many New Testament scholars believe was an early hymn to Christ: ‘Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities or powers: all things were created by him and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist’ (Colossians 1v19-17 – King James Version).

Paul goes on to affirm in his letter to the Colossians that because Jesus Christ is the supreme divine Son of the one true God, his death on the Cross was indispensable to the forgiveness of sins without which nothing in creation can be reconciled to God the Father: ‘For it pleased the Father that in him (Christ) shall all fulness dwell; and, having made peace by the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself: by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

‘And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciledin the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister’ (Colossians 1v19-23).

The Coronation liturgy did not include the Book of Common Prayer’s intercession at Holy Communion for ‘all Christian kings, Princes, and Governors; and specially thy (Almighty God’s) servant Charles our King; that under him we may be godly and quietly governed’. That was a pity because it superbly summarises the God-given purpose of government: ‘And grant unto his (the King’s) whole Council, and to all that are put in authority under him, that they may truly and indifferently (impartially) minister justice, to punishment of wickedness and vice, and to the maintenance of thy true religion, and virtue.’

After the Daily Sceptic drew attention to GB News presenter Mark Dolan’s claim that Rishi Sunak is Britain’s first anti-woke Prime Minister, I wrote to my  MP, David Morris (Morecambe and Lunesdale, Conservative), before the council elections: ‘I plan to honour my commitment made during the Covid dictatorship not to vote Conservative at the local elections on Thursday. But if Rishi Sunak genuinely proves to be our first anti-woke Prime Minister in deed, and not just in word, then I might have to reconsider not voting for them at the General Election.

‘If the Conservatives under his leadership renounce the politically correct legacy of the heir to Blair (David Cameron) and actually deal with Maoist indoctrination in schools, stop the evil of children being groomed to mutilate their bodies, and secure free speech in the workplace and in educational institutions, then the party he leads might deserve a mandate. I have to weigh the possibility that if the Conservatives do suffer electoral annihilation in 2024, then that might lead to an authentically socially conservative political party emerging to replace it.’ 

I have not yet had a reply. But the Coronation reading from Colossians raises the question: what can an anti-woke Prime Minister actually do to combat neo-Marxist utopianism? Is it not a religious cult which seems to have captured the hearts and minds of many Millennials and now most of Generation Z? People can and do leave religious cults but it appears that rational disillusion with wokery has yet to set in among the rising generation. So, unless more young people embrace the evidence-based Christian worldview, does not the future for Britain look decidedly woke whatever Rishi Sunak does politically in the present cultural crisis? 

If, as seems to be the case, the battle against wokery is spiritual and is about good versus evil, then does it not require spiritual weaponry, essentially prayer to Almighty God, which according the divine truth the Prime Minister read out at the Coronation should be offered through Jesus Christ, the supreme Lord?

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Julian Mann
Julian Mann
Julian Mann is a former Church of England vicar, now an evangelical journalist based in Heysham, Lancashire.

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