After reading this article – http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/15/rowan-williams-persecuted-christians-grow-up – and chatting with a friend over the a pint, we started to imagine what Christians in the UK could to do to be considered persecuted, and wrote this little story.
The last straw came when a huge group of people entered a nuclear weapons factory and, after disarming the machinery, proceed to paint murals of the nonviolent Christ on the walls, and offered their new ‘cathedral’ to the local destitute and homeless as a place to live. After consulting with other members of government, the Minister of Defence wrote a furious letter to the Home Secretary, demanding that “Christianity” be added to the list of banned organisations, and from now on, Christians would be identified as official enemies of the rich and powerful.
Of course, the church buildings had been, in the main, abandoned years ago, after all the priests were incarcerated indefinitely under anti-terror laws. The Sunday after the government had declared yet another war on a Middle Eastern state, the churches had unanimously called for active resistance to the ongoing violence, and thousands had blockaded military bases, GCHQ headquarters, drone sites and conscription offices. Because of this, there were very few with the time or energy to spend time maintaining the buildings (most were now in prison) – the grander churches had been turned into museums of a bygone era, others had been given over to local charities, peace organisations and NGO’s.
The government’s immigration policy was also in disarray – thousands of destitute asylum seekers were being housed in people’s home across the country, and few now feared the arrival of UKBA or G4S. When a family were being forced to return to a short and brutal life under the oppressive regime they had escaped from, a mass prayer gathering was held on the runway. Christians were being actively routed out of the Border Agency – not a single charter flight had left the country for months because of disruption being caused at airports whenever someone was being removed, and it was assumed information was being leaked wholesale (chaplains were no longer allowed in the army, either – numbers for desertion and conscientious objection were through the roof.)
The financial world had been caused much upset, too. The church had branded usury a sin; hundreds had left their jobs working at banks while millions more had removed their money from any system that allowed them to profit from the debt of others. Local currencies – open to all – were being organised, as had small saving and micro-investment organisations. The grip that debt held around the throat of our poorest communities was looking weaker, and despite the economy teetering back into recession, happiness levels had never been higher. “What are we to do?” complained the boss of HSBC to the head of the Treasury, but he wasn’t listening – he’d just received word that the gardening group at his local church were digging over his front lawn to create space for a new community garden.