School-leavers are to be encouraged to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen under new government proposals being unveiled on British citizenship.
This is the trumpeted headline in the news today. It is the new supposedly brilliant idea of the government to encourage good citizenship and engagement with society among Britain’s young people.
I think it will be very popular with teens. There is little to rebel against now. Young people look at their parents and see people who marched in political demonstrations, experimented with drugs, sex and rock & roll. All they seem to have managed is to hang out in groups in the corner of a dismal sports field or public park and get drunk.
At last something they can rebel against. Think of the kudos of being the first in your school to refuse to swear an oath of allegiance to the Queen, to declare youself republican, even if you don’t know what it means.
How is it possible for politicians be so out of touch or so badly advised?
I think one of the reason so many young people are turning to Jesus is because they want a cause to live for that is worthy of them. Jesus offers that and more. That is the answer to lack of youth engagement and good citizenship.