A14 Naseby

Naseby was one of those pivotal battles in history.  I've only been able to gloss over it in this video.  If you would like to view something more substantial, then do take a look at Peter and Dan Snow's video on Battlefield Britain which will give details on the battle and how Naseby influenced British political history.

The English Civil War was very much bound up with the Christian religion.  There are those who would say that religion is bad because it causes wars.  But is that true?   If we look at both Charles I and Cromwell we see men who saw religion as legitimising their actions.  For example, with Charles it was his notion of the divine right of kings to rule that led to his brutal suppression of political activity and of any branch of religion that did not agree with his version.  Cromwell on the other hand waged a brutal war on the Irish because of their Catholicism which he considered a false religion.  Who was right?   They couldn't both be!

Or was it simply a case of political leaders using religion to legitimise wrongdoing even though the Bible would be firmly against the atrocities caused by either leader, or for that matter in the "civil" war which was anything but civil.   In the Bible in Zechariah 7:9 it says: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.  That's not an uncommon sentiment in the Bible and that is the true Christian position.  How different politics and religion would both be if just these few words were heeded.

As I said in the video, the nature of a God of love is to desire that men and women be at peace with him and through Jesus they can find that peace and relationship with God that's real, rather than something that if they twist does the opposite of everything God is and Jesus Christ stands for.