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Thursday, 11 August 2011


David Cameron has identified the causes of the riots and looting this week in Britain.  It is a lack of responsibility, which comes from a lack of proper parenting, a lack of proper upbringing, a lack of proper ethics, a lack of proper morals.  It is as much a moral problem as a political problem, he has said.  (Also see below for that section of his comments.)

We must give him full marks for stating the blindingly obvious.  People behave well for one of two reasons; either they have the fear of God before their eyes, or the fear of the long arm of the law.  In other words, either an internal or an external moral compass is necessary for good behaviour.

But who defines 'good behaviour'?  Can we all agree that looting shops is wrong?  Someone is bound to say that by profiteering on dairy products the supermarkets are stealing from us.  Someone else will point to the way Members of Parliament milked the expenses system.  If something was within the rules, was it morally right?  David Cameron thinks forcing African countries to legalise sodomy is morally right.  He believes the deliberate killing of a helpless infant in its mother's womb is morally acceptable, but agrees with Canon Giles Fraser (who also thinks sodomy is morally right) that robbing a Malaysian student, Mohammed Ashraf Haziq, caught up in the riots by pretending to help him is morally wrong.

Were those who did such a thing convinced they were right, or wrong?  Do they know the difference between right and wrong, and who defines it for them?  Years ago, an advert for Pepe Jeans carried the line: 'I know the difference between right and wrong; I prefer wrong.'  But we may have moved on even from that amoral outburst.  For someone, what is held to be wrong by a majority may be thought right for them.  Such is moral relativism, or post-modern thinking, and we can now see where it leads.  In a sense, the lawlessness which has so shocked us in recent days has been brewing for a decade - or for even longer.

David Cameron blames the parents ('a lack of proper parenting, a lack of proper upbringing'), but does he realise that 50% of children are growing up in Britain without their natural father?

Who is responsible for that if it isn't the politicians who legalised no-fault divorce on demand in the 1960s, legalised sodomy and pornography, brought in moral-free sex education around the same time and pushed condoms at teenagers just because they hated Christian morality? 

And who is equally responsible if not the present Coalition Government which allows all of that to continue on its life-destroying way, not seeing any of it as an offence against 'proper morals'?

What does David Cameron expect single mums to do when confronted by an aggressive teenager or a younger child who threatens to call childline or social services if she so much as lays a finger on him?  Instead of trying to undermine African morality he should be learning from those societies where respect for elders, in keeping with the Biblical model, still exists.

Our society needs proper morals, but where are these found if not in the pages of Holy Scripture?  Who defines proper morality if not Almighty God?  Atheist activists have forced God out of public life to the extent that to express a Christian viewpoint is to run the risk of dismissal from a public sector job - or the Conservative Party.

Without God, there can be no objective right or wrong.  Atheist relativism means the rioter has as much right to his morality as Cameron has to his or me to mine.  Without God, there is no solid rock from which any politician can criticise anyone else.

Yes, we suffer from a lack of proper morals, but David Cameron shows no evidence of diagnosing that he and his political pals are as much in need of it as the robbers of poor Mohammed Ashraf Haziq.  Nor that he and his moral relativism is a huge part of what he describes as the sickness of Britain.

PRAY: The Bible says:

1Tim 2:1  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  3  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;  4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

And yet the prophets of old were vehement in their criticism of kings and their policies in days of old.  How do we balance these two?  By realising that if we pray for those in authority God may want us to do something for him and witness to them.

So please pray for David Cameron and write to your MP (names and emails here) of the need for the UK to return to the Biblical word of God and ask him/her to convey your thoughts to the Prime Minister.

From the No10 website (same link as above):
Prime Minister, you have said that parts of Britain are sick.  What is the cure in your view, and what do you say to people who say that part of the cure is more police, not fewer, more prison places, not fewer?

Prime Minister
When I say parts of Britain are sick, the one word I would use to sum that up is irresponsibility.  The sight of those young people running down streets, smashing windows, taking property, looting, laughing as they go, the problem of that is a complete lack of responsibility, a lack of proper parenting, a lack of proper upbringing, a lack of proper ethics, a lack of proper morals.  That is what we need to change.  There is no one trigger that can change these things.  It’s about parenting, it’s about discipline in schools, it’s about making sure we have a welfare system that does not reward idleness.  It is all of those things.

Now, of course we want to get the maximum out of the police budget to put the most police we have on the streets.  Of course we want to get value for money out of everything that we do.  But let’s not ignore the fact that what we’re seeing on our streets is actually a lack of responsibility.  It is as much a moral problem as a political problem.  That’s what we’re seeing, that’s what we need to deal with, and I think the whole country feels that way and recognises this is a problem for our society and one we have to cure and deal with.


  1. I think there is a bit of hypocrisy as no one in the leadership position would dare even mention God's perfect Law. From God's perfect Law flow the following moral virtues: love, joy, peace, patience,kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. God's word goes on to say , "against such things there is no law". God is being legally but unlawfully thrown out from homes, schools, streets and even from ... His own Church itself! You do not mock God for whatever one sows will he reap. God's perfect Law is the permanent and sure benchmark against each core sense of morality should be measured!I believe that what has happened recently in our streets is a very serious warning and a call to a national repentence.- G.K