According to a recent poll, one-third of Brits aged 18 to 34 have watched an online religious service since the outbreak of COVID-19. Twenty percent of those have never gone to church before. And prayer hotlines are also popular there these days.
This reveals, as the UK Observer put it, “an increase in the numbers of people turning to faith for succour amid uncertainty and despair.”
Of course, “turning to faith” can mean almost anything. One study by relief charity Christian Aid found that 61 percent of the British population believe that “faith leaders have a role to play providing moral guidance and spiritual leadership during COVID-19,” which is certainly better than Cuomo’s “faith didn’t do that” line. On the other hand, a third of Britons prefer a fictional character, Rev. Geraldine Granger of the TV series “Vicar of Dibley” for their faith leader.
Perhaps God is bringing revival again to this land of Wilberforce and the Wesleys. We should certainly pray to that end.
British public turn to prayer as one in four tune in to religious services
Harriet Sherwood | The Guardian | May 3, 2020
Brits would trust the Vicar of Dibley to lead the nation during Covid-19 – poll
Christianity Today | May 4, 2020
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