Christian comment: Alan F Hawker
Praise the Lord for his goodness. Every morning I look out of the window and marvel at the wonder of God's Creation with its miracles of life and beauty. Then I give thanks to our Creator for his goodness.
Yes, and He still offers forgiveness despite greed for the earth's resources and our foolishness to think we can ignore Him.
Now to the point. The new Girl Guide leadership has dumped the historic promise "to love my God" and "serve my country".
Based on secular and atheist notions, these timeless vows, deeply rooted to encourage Christian virtues, are replaced with these fatuous words "be true to myself and develop my beliefs" and in "my community".
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It's meaningless, focusing on anything or nothing. Dumping "God" and "country" removes the heart of what the Guides stand for.
Already branches are recommending that Guides should be allowed to choose which promise to take. This has been flately refused with threats of expulsion. Well, that's intolerance.
Yet another case of secular and militant atheism, the American Atheists organisation are threatening court action against the local authorities if they allow a beam carved as a cross and salvaged from Ground Zero in New York to be erected on public land.
The cross is a memorial to fallen firefighters who died whilst carrying out dangerous rescue work. The American Atheists claim the cross is "grossly offensive and alienating to many people". What nonsense. Have they lost all sensitivity?
Now consider William Wilberforce. A passionate Christian, he started a real movement for humanitarian change – the abolition of slavery and many other social evils of the industrial 1800s.
Fiercely apposed, John Wesley encouraged him "If God be for you, who can be against you" (Romans 8:31).
Willberforce persevered against all odds for 46 years but he changed the conscience of the world. A few days before his death in 1833 slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire, followed a few years later in the U S.
Wilberforce was called "The greatest social reformer in the history of the world". Greatly honoured, he is buried in Westminister Abbey where a statue of him can be seen today.
Committed to Jesus Christ, Wilberforce was truly a servant of mankind. What a stark contrast to the aggressive atheist spirit of our times. So this is a message to all Christians. Stand up. Hold fast. Go out of your way to help, bless, and serve someone today and as you are able.