At the recent reception for Christian leaders at 10 Downing Street, Theresa May went further than David Cameron by saying: ‘We should celebrate the role of Christianity in our country’. All indicators are that the Prime Minister has a faith that’s personal, open and committed.
Theresa May has talked about how Christians must ‘feel free to talk about their beliefs’. She cited the persecution of Christians abroad as something that is systemically wrong; she said it needs to be tackled.
These remarks were welcomed as a break from previous Prime Ministers who seemed to see Christianity more as a “curiosity”.
Mrs May is a vicar’s daughter and in the first year of her premiership, praised the work that churches do for:
‘Millions in our country at some of the most difficult moments in their lives. 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.
We must continue to ensure that people feel able to speak about their faith, and that absolutely includes their faith in Christ. It’s hard to comprehend that today people are still being attacked and murdered because of their Christianity.’
The Prime Minister went on to note that Church and Government “will not always agree”, but there are areas “where we can work together”; including addressing the persecution of Christians and religious minorities around the world. Mrs May said she hopes “to take further measures as a government to support this”.
Tim Stanley, writing for the Telegraph, used Mrs May’s remarks as an opportunity to reflect upon UK leaders’ attitudes to religion over the years. He highlighted how during Tony Blair’s era, his Director of Communications Alistair Campbell famously said: “We don’t do God”. Tim Stanley added that in Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s era Christianity was seen as a mere “memory of British identity almost as curious as Morris dancing – just a verbal shorthand for doing good”.
Stanley sees the PM’s comments as a step forward saying that ‘For far too long, admitting you’re a Christian has been treated like a declaration of lunacy.’ But times may be changing because in November 2016 Theresa May went on record as saying ‘Christians should be able to speak about their faith in the workplace’.
Responding to a question in Parliament, the Prime Minister said the UK has a “very strong tradition” of “religious tolerance and freedom of speech”, and added that our “Christian heritage is something we can all be proud of”.
It’s time to pray for the ‘daughter of the manse’ turned Prime Minister – Theresa May!
Source: Christian Heritage