British Values are defined as:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect for and tolerance of those who have different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith
Without doubt democracy is flawed, but it is the least bad form of human government. Democracy n its best form supports Kingdom Values, giving attention to the poor and weak, and respecting something of the divine freedom we have been created to experience.
Though imperfect, the human rule of law protects us from anarchy and the evil supposition that might is right. However, God is the one Who
stands up for the weak and disempowered; He is the one Who brings order out of chaos. In His Kingdom we are invited to walk humbly with Him, to do justly and to love mercy.
Individual liberty has been used to promote lifestyles that are out of step with God’s created order. But the alternative is the crushing greyness and intolerance that George Orwell warned us of in 1984. Conversely, the Bible says we have been called to liberty which, in its true form, calls us to serve one another through Love. (Galatians 5:13)
The final part of the British Values is respect and tolerance for those who are different from us. How thankful should we be that Scripture doesn’t say, ‘For God so tolerated the world…’? As believers we are not called to tolerate people but, as Image Bearers, our call is to shine the radical, relentless love that we have already received out to the world. The respect we show to those who are different from us flows from this love, regardless of their choices and lifestyle. Matthew 5:44 commands us to love, bless, do good and pray for all.
Surely British Values are far surpassed by Kingdom Values!