Britain's Archbishop of Cantebury, Justin Welby conducts a church service with Anglicans in Harare, Zimbabwe, Sunday, April, 17, 2016. Welby recently learnt at the age of 60 that his father was not who he thought, but his father was another man who was Winston Churchill's private secretary. The Archbishop of Cantebury is the leader of the Church of England and the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion which includes Episcopal and Anglican churches in more than 165 countries.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

One of the Biggest Failures Leading to Manchester

Every person growing up, in the still of the night, has a quiet voice in his head whispering questions like “why am I here?” Some learn to ignore it. Others embrace science to such an extent they dismiss the voice. They reject the idea that there is more than there is and decide all that lies beyond the grave is rot and worms.

But most people keep the voice and go in pursuit of it. They try to find meaning and answers to the questions. They try to engage the voice. They hear the voice telling them there is something more than this. They embrace a spiritualism, a recognition of a god of some kind, and they pursue it. Eventually, they come to embrace a religion in most cases — the right one or many of the false ones.

One of the great failures in the run up to the Manchester situation has been the Church of England, which has manifestly failed at providing answers to the question the little voice asks. In England, atheists outnumber believers and credible estimates have the number of practicing Christians in the single digits.

Atheism provides no answer to the quiet voice we all hear asking questions. It certainly provides no way to address the rise of radical Islam. It presents no alternative to dangerous ideologies. The Church of England will have much to answer for on the final day. Many of its shepherds have led the sheep astray. It has failed to lead the sheep into eternal pastures. It has failed to be the loud voice calling to the quiet voice.

So with immigrant children finding their way in a world that increasingly rejects assimilation, they go out seeking answers to the quiet voice and embrace a radicalism they think both provides them answers and a connection to their heritage. British multiculturalism, like much of Europe, provides them no English heritage, so they embrace the culture their parents left behind. With it come false gods and a corrupted religion.

If the Church of England will not proudly stand for a real Jesus, some radical imam will present a very appealing version of Islam that provides a concrete answer to the voice in the head. That imam will provide purpose, courage, and conviction in service to a false religion of death and destruction.

The calls of a true Jesus may never convert someone from a different heritage, but hearing about Him often may keep the competing voices and false religions at bay. Sadly, that is impossible in a society where belief in the one true God has vanished from the state’s own church.

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Erick Erickson

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