Christians are meant to struggle against majority, says Tim Farron
The majority of Christians in the UK feel marginalized because of their faith, a recent Premier survey has found. In a commentary on iNews, Farron said the findings were not surprising because the Bible constantly reminded people that living the Christian life was not easy and that believers were meant to encounter struggles and suffering.
If a Christian does not feel that he or she is marginalized, that person is then not living his or her faith accordingly, Farron said. The book of Philippians says Christ's followers shoud not only "believe in him, but also to suffer for him," so they should expect to encounter friction with the world's standards.
In addition, Farron observed that the general public seems to be tolerant of Christians until they start exhibiting signs of their religious beliefs. However, they do not mind if believers conduct interesting events or wear strange outfits.
Farron recently made headlines when he announced his resignation as the Liberal Democrat leader just six days after the election, citing his Christian faith as the reason. He said there is no way that he can continue to practice his religion and function in the political party without compromising either of the two, Sky News reported.
However, Farron denied allegations that he deceived the voters who had supported his party. Prior to his announcement, he was repeatedly questioned on his stance on homosexuality.
"I made the decision about two weeks into the election campaign ... I thought there isn't a way forward out of this without me either compromising or just causing damage to the party in the long run," Farron told the BBC. "I kind of thought well, in which case I cannot see a way I will continue to be leader into the future ... But I kind of thought, right you've got to put that into a drawer, don't talk to anybody else about it, get on and do as good a job as you can during the election."
In addition, Farron said there is a possibility in every election that the leaders will resign. He said he had previously decided to step down but went ahead with the campaign to fight for his country.