We live in a fallen world. But God’s common grace means the world is not as loveless, ugly and chaotic as it could be. The Bible teaches that God restrains evil so that God’s creation may be preserved, ordered lives can continue and ultimately that God may be glorified and the Gospel preached to all nations.
The Scottish Government’s original Hate Crime Bill was a major threat to free speech, including evangelism and Christian comment on sexual ethics. After a huge public backlash, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has made significant concessions. The Bill is less dangerous. But the Government still needs to go further to make sure freedom of speech and expression is not undermined.