In his Easter address, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said that Christian values can still turn the world upside down and transform people’s lives from within ‘Young people know in their bones that there must be something better, something more worthwhile than the self-centredness which is attracted by the promise of endless pleasure but which somehow never seems to deliver,’ he said in his message reported in The Yorkshire Post.
‘From the tiniest of beginnings, this group of enthusiasts expanded throughout the Roman Empire and beyond. It’s still happening,’ he said. ‘Last century the African Church grew from nine million to 541 million members. It is predicted by some that China, where atheism is endorsed and religious observance is often repressed, will soon have more Christians than any other country.’
But numbers on their own are not enough, he admits. It is renewal and revival, both at a personal and a corporate level, that are necessary today, he says, warning against the temptation to slide into ‘compromise and apathy’. Christians today must do a regular ‘spiritual workout’ with honest self-examination, conducted in the searchlight of Christ’s all seeing, ever gracious love.
‘In the eyes of most young people, the status quo has been tried and found wanting. Something far more worthwhile and exciting is needed,’ he continued. Arguing that the UK’s moral direction is grounded in the Bible, he says it was the Resurrection of Christ that made His message last. ‘This was God’s eternal guarantee of the authenticity and indelibility of everything He had said and done before death.’
Source:Christian Today; Prayer Alert
Bible Study: Ephesians 5:14
PRAISE God for this clear call to Christians and the nation.
PRAY for a great seeking after Jesus Christ.