UK Ministries Rally to PM's Biblical Values Call

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MANCHESTER, United Kingdom - British Prime Minister David Cameron has taken some heat recently for saying that Britain is a Christian nation.

He added that a revival of biblical values is needed to stop moral decay in British society.

Many Christian ministries are putting the prime minister's words into action and they're hoping to bring a spiritual transformation.

Cameron called for a revival of traditional Christian values to counter Britain's "moral collapse."

Several Christian organizations across the United Kingdom are effectively doing what they can, including the Redeeming Our Communities Centre in Radcliffe, Manchester.

"I like this centre because it gets kids off the street, what are causing lots of trouble and you do lots of activities," one local resident said.

The ROC center opened just a few months ago as a place to provide positive activities for young people in an area with significant reports of anti-social behavior

Center manager Louise Williams said the impact has already been significant.

"We've really had a positive impact on the young people. We're providing them with strong role models," she explained. "We provide set rules for each session and it's based around respect for each other."

"And for me, it's just that opportunity to share God's love with those people and to be His hands and His feet in this place," she said.

Police Officer Mike Lupson said their regular meetings at the center have already been extremely effective in working together to combat crime.

"In the few months we've been open, we've had well over 100 people come in to report things of a criminal nature, to give us intelligence, things to do with anti-social behavior," he said.

Officer Lupson said he strongly believes this partnership between the church and the police is vital in seeing a return to traditional moral values.

"I think it's really important, having respect for the area in which people live in, not committing crime, not committing anti social behavior," he said.

"This partnership really promotes that ethos and we're working together to create that desire in the community," he explained.

And many another Christian organizations are doing all they can to bring about community transformation.

For example, The Message Trust has seen many lives transformed during the past 20 years through their youth ministry. Trust founder Andy Hawthorne said they've always aimed to see young lives impacted through their work.

"For the last 20 years that's what we've been trying to do in the city of Manchester, put a lamp on a stand in the toughest estates, in the prisons, in the hardest to reach schools," he said.

Hawthorne said one of the most dramatic stories was when their youth bus began reaching out to some of the roughest youth in the Limeside area of Manchester.

"It's a very tough estate in the borders of Manchester. We could literally track wherever the bus was and we could see our "Eden Bus," we called it," he said.

"We would see crime come down. We did some projects in a place called the Valley in Swinton, 45 percent long term crime reduction as a result of those projects," he recalled.

"There's been a 50 percent reduction, over 50 percent reduction in calls to the police in respect of anti social behaviour. Associated crimes could be criminal damage and vehicle crime. Those are down as well and it's a trend we hope continues," Hawthorne added.

As organizations like these continue to work effectively together to bring about national transformation, the challenge remains for all UK Christians to do their part to demonstrate that the prime minister's pronouncement that Britain is a Christian nation is more than just words. It's reality.

This story was originally published on Friday, January 27th. 

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