In March 1943 William Temple, The Archbishop of Canterbury, made the following speech to the House of Lords;
“My chief protest is against procrastination of any kind. … The Jews are being slaughtered at the rate of tens of thousands a day on many days. … It is always true that the obligations of decent men are decided for them by contingencies which they did not themselves create and very largely by the action of wicked men. The priest and the Levite in the parable were not in the least responsible for the traveller’s wounds as he lay there by the roadside and no doubt they had many other pressing things to attend to, but they stand as the picture of those who are condemned for neglecting the opportunity of showing mercy. We at this moment have upon us a tremendous responsibility. We stand at the bar of history, of humanity and of God.”
William Temple sounds like he was an amazing and outspoken man and was unafraid of who he offended. What Temple was alluding to when he said we stand at the bar of history is awaiting judgement. A bar is the place within court where the accused stands awaiting their sentence and it is fitting that he speaks in this way about Britain and the judgement that God has made upon this land. God is a good God and the judgement can be reversed but we need to continue in our quest in placing prayer in the heavenlys in order for a spirit of repentance to sweep across our nation. Repentance comes with acknowledgement of wrong doing knowledge of how we got to where we are and acceptance that we can apologise and move on in the blessing of our eternal Father for His Glory and our nation’s future inheritance.