A proclamation for change went out in a variety of ways from the Church last weekend, between training for ‘Healing on the Streets’ and Sunday baptisms, St Aldates played host to an event intended as a call for transformation not simply in the lives of individuals, but in the very heart of our country. On Saturday evening Andrea Williams and Mark Mullins from CCFON (Christian Concern For our Nation) gave a ‘State of the Nation’ address to a large gathering which included lawyers, academics, clergy and others from Oxford, London and around the UK. They gathered in St Aldates Church to mark the 250th anniversary of the Blackstone Law Lectures. These now famous lectures given in Oxford by William Blackstone called for the Laws of the Land to be rooted in the truths of the Bible, and as a result a Biblical foundation was established in UK and US law and constitution. The event was intended to compliment the annual Blackstone Lecture programme run by the University of Oxford. In their commemorative address Williams and Mullins spoke powerfully about the State of our Nation, which has slipped further and further from any Biblical moral or ethical framework in the last fifty years. There was a call to Churches and Christians across the UK to rediscover a voice and speak out against injustice and the loss of truth in government, law, education and business.
Charlie Cleverly, Rector of St Aldates, commented “We have to heed this call – each one of us – and find our voice; otherwise the future for our Nation and for our children is pretty bleak. We are facing a future choked with abortions, genetic experimentation, generational separation, a blurring of genders and the loss of family life. The Church is not meant to sit on the sidelines: we have a message of hope and truth, and have been given a commission to live lives of transforming compassion. We need to be like Blackstone and Wilberforce and be bold in addressing the media, government, the education and legal systems; this is not a time to be silent.”
To find out more about the work of CCFON please visit their website: www.ccfon.org