4thought.tv – Bishop Nick Baines: I do not believe that Christians are a persecuted group of people in this country today.
Bishop Nick Baines is so encouraging and he’s appeared on the channel 4 programme 4thought.tv.
It is such a relief for me personally to hear Nick bucking the trend and arguing against the persecution narrative gripping the Christian fraternity here in the UK.
I encourage you to hop over and watch this, it only takes a couple of minutes and is so worthwhile:
A few quotes:
If you define yourself by your victimhood you’ve got a massive problem.
I don’t like it when people moan about being discriminated against.
I do not believe that Christians are a persecuted group of people in this country today.
We live in a society which I sometimes call a hierarchy of victimhood.
If people feel that the job they’re doing requires them to go against their Christian conscience, it could be in areas of sexuality or the wearing of a cross or whatever it is, then they have a choice to make, and if you feel that what you’re being asked to do is incompatible with your faith then you shouldn’t do it, but that isn’t persecution, you have a choice and you can go and do something else
I hardly think we’re a beleaguered minority, we’re everywhere and I think Christians need to be more confident about who they are.
You don’t have to look at the mosque and say “How intimidating”, what about looking at the churches and saying “How encouraging, let’s get out and do more”.