I have arrived back from a tour of England with a group of 8th graders from Northwest Christian Academy, Lake Zurich. We visited Oxford, Bath, Plympton, Plymouth and Cornwall. It’s sad to see my own country slipping away from God, but it’s so apparent as we attend the churches and see the culture. There are those who are still salt and light, but the fight seems to be going badly.
We attended St. Mary’s in Oxford where C.S. Lewis delivered his Weight of Glory speech during World War II. The words in the service were beautiful, but the passion the words were said with was lacking. The church calls itself liberal, but it was unclear what that means theologically. When I was attending the Church of England College of St. Mark and St. John the theology department there would have called itself liberal. What they meant was that they had ceased to believe in a transcendant God, the inerrancy of scripture, and had embraced a revolutionary Marxism. Now that Marxism is out of vogue it is difficult to know what a ‘liberal’ church might truly believe. Is God still a projection of our own psyche to them, or is he something more?