This is what happened to the former Westbourne Methodist Church from Bournemouth (Dorset, England), which is now a Tesco Express, part of a giant retail corporation undergoing a controversial expansion in Britain, as well as in several other parts of the world.
The faces of saints are still there, on the original stained glass windows, nevertheless, the interiour of the building is dedicated to other gods (food, sweets, alcohol, cigarettes, lottery tickets etc), this article from The Daily Mail reports.
The former minister of the church was helpless in stopping Tesco taking over Christ, and I bet there are countless fanatical atheists in the UK who are once more thrilled to see the ‘defeat’ of a God Whose mere existence they deny.
On the other hand, here’s what a local interviewed by the reporter says: “I suppose it represents people’s priorities nowadays – the convenience of being able to buy their bread a few miles closer is more important than prayer and religion.”
What else could I add that this is another example of sad truth about the UK? Anyway, if I were to end my article with a fickle beam of hope, I should add that the same Bournemouth is a place where a Romanian Orthodox Church was consecrated in 2007.
A former Church of England church declared ‘redundant’ in 2001 had the chance to be ‘revived’ by an Orthodox community, unlike the Westbourne Methodist Church which was brought back to life only for consumerist purposes.
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