“Onward Christian Soldiers” Deemed Too Offensive to Commemorate Fallen Soldiers

You know when a church is censoring their hymns to suit crowds at an event to honor the dead, political correctness has gotten way out of control.

But what can we even expect from the UK these days? This is the country where police are more interested in social justice campaigns than they are fighting crime, a man was expelled from university for posting his views on homosexuality on his personal Facebook page, and another university rejected a proposal to study sex change regret because it might offend some people.

Welcome to modern Great Britain.

The story broke recently that St Peter’s Church in Oadby, Leicestershire came to a decision to eliminate the hymn, “Onward Christian Soldiers” from the service for Remembrance Day on November 11th.

Remembrance Day is honored in memorial of the fallen Commonwealth of Nations soldiers in WWI. 700,000 British men were killed fighting for their country in that brutal conflict, and each year their sacrifice is honored in services across the country.

However, this year, the idea of honoring them with a classic hymn wasn’t anywhere near as important as protecting the delicate ears of those who might have been offended by a Christian hymn with the word “Christian” in it being sung in a Christian church.

The BBC reports that the Oadby Royal British Legion made the decision to opt for a less offensive hymn, “All People That On Earth Do Dwell,” which they perceived as more “multi-cultural.”

“This year for the first time Oadby Multicultural Group will be laying a wreath at the War Memorial as well as the one I will lay on behalf of the parish,” the Reverend of St. Peter’s, Steve Bailey said.

“We agreed the change in hymn with the Oadby Royal British Legion who run this major civic event because members of the community from a wide range of cultural backgrounds attend this parade, service, and laying of wreaths at the war memorial.”

While the Oadby Royal British Legion did come to the agreement to omit the hymn, some members did adamantly oppose the decision and threatened to boycott the service over it.

While it is certainly safe to say that not every soldier who was killed in WWI and certainly not every soldier serving in the British armed forces today was a Christian, when you honor their memory in a church, it ought to be done in a Christian manner.

It is utterly ridiculous that any man of the cloth would condone censorship of the name of Christ or of a hymn depicting His followers as soldiers of the Gospel.

At the end of the day, much of the political correctness of our age is ultimately aimed at denying the basic truths of reality, and censoring the name of the Lord. Intersectional politics and critical theory, the philosophy from which most SJWs get their influence, are both centered around the idea that the status quo of a Western, Christian culture must be undermined.

It is one thing to be lectured constantly by the mainstream media or university professors, but seeing the church roll over and accept this attack on Christianity is far too much.

Now, more than ever, is the time for us to march on, like Christian soldiers into war. Because we are already well into the thick of a massive spiritual battle.

 

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