The best of British culture has been on display these past 10 or so days. We can use words like pomp & pageantry, ceremony & tradition, but this is all British culture, & it’s worth preserving & promoting.
It’s enemy is multiculturalism.
No, you flaming racists (those who accuse others of racism for nothing more than patriotism), I didn’t say other cultures are the enemy of British culture. I said multiculturalism is the obvious enemy of any cultural constancy.
Multiculturalism means we should invite the fabric of our national identity to be woven with more & more random threads until the pattern & design is unrecognisable. It is to dilute that which makes us who we are by the grace of God until the remaining flavour is bland & indistinct.
Why should every culture other than British culture be carefully preserved & curated for future generations? Of course, cultures must be capable of embarrassment & maturation, but not at the cost of sacred identity.
When one leaves their homeland & settles in another, one must not expect the host nation to change to accommodate one’s own culture – unless one brings an army to conquer & colonise. If you are a guest and welcomed as a resident or even citizen, you must adapt and change, not your host.
I am Australian. Australians are British. My culture is not mere centuries old. My laws are not begun in 1901. My culture is millennia old. My laws older than Magna Carta. My civilisation civilised the world and brought the finest of music, fine arts, science, industry, government and civil administration the world has ever seen.
The withdrawal of British administration is often marked by the advent of corruption, incompetence & instability.
Of course Englishmen should be embarrassed by the worst of the Empire’s greed & brutality, a global history not peculiar to whites. But because we were embarrassed, we matured, & ushered in an era of unprecedented stability, peace & liberty no other civilisation was capable of.
When I speak of a culture’s capacity for embarrassment, I mean its capacity to shake off its backwardness, injustice, ignorance and incompetence. In many historical examples one culture has learned from another and advanced. But the only perfect culture we can and should safely emulate and calibrate to is Kingdom culture, the will and ways of the only true Sovereign, Jesus Christ.
Part of the British Crown jewels and of immense significance in the coronation of our Kings & Queens is the Sovereign’s Orb. They are reminded when given the globe topped with the holy cross:
Receive this orb set under the cross, and remember that the whole world is subject to the Power and Empire of Christ our Redeemer.
Their oath is to “maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel”, and to rely on help from God to perform and keep their promise.
What a tragedy to consider setting our wonderful culture adrift from the anchors of political humility and accountability represented in oaths and allegiances to our Monarchy. God save us from a politicians’ republic like France or America!
British culture & Christianity is a treasure worth defending. Every nation should promote its own culture, balanced with the capacity for reformation and constant recalibration with the Kingdom of God.
Multiculturalism & humanism, however, are the enemy of stability, peace, justice & liberty.
This article was first published in The Good Sauce