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The truth that Boris needs to grasp


BORIS Johnson’s speech in the House of Commons last week depicting Britain in 2050 as a carbon-free, silicon-valley Elysium can only prove to be a ‘pyramid of piffle’ unless there is a Christian revival in this country.

One does not have to share the arguably excessive pessimism of Peter Hitchens’s view of a Johnson premiership to understand the very basic principle: general prosperity as opposed to massive wealth concentrated in the hands of an elite requires social stability across a nation underpinned by a widely shared transcendent worldview.

With the social chaos unleashed by the anti-Christian assault on the heterosexually married family in this country since the 1960s, Britain’s stability has been undermined at its foundation. Added to that is the moral and psychological impact of large-scale abortion practised in Britain since 1967. Added to that is the widespread use of cannabis, glamorised in the 1960s by rock stars now boasting knighthoods and permitted by the governing class since the 1970s. This is fuelling mental instability and thus violence. 

In the short term, though, Mr Johnson looks likely to prove to be a very effective Prime Minister. He has assembled a talented, meritocratic team in government and himself appears to have the leadership character to inspire the collective loyalty and commitment that can, even in this fallen world of ours, deliver political and economic improvements.

The socially Marxist establishment in Parliament across the political parties certainly looked uncomfortable during his ‘sunlit uplands’ speech in the House of Commons, and that is a good sign.

One of the great strengths his extrovert personality gives him is that he is good at engaging with the public and spreading cheer. So, given the number of mentally unstable people in this country tragically affected by drug abuse, it is vitally important that his personal security is of the highest and most vigilant standard.

But Mr Johnson cannot do this country much long-term good unless he grasps this truth, which is bound up with the British Monarch’s Coronation Oath: only the widespread acceptance of the saving gospel of God’s one and only Son, the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ, and the benign social fruits of such a revival of biblical faith, can save this country from descending into disorder followed by dictatorship, whether that takes an Islamic or a politically correct form. 

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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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