Where does the Church stand on the issue of the UK’s exit from the European Union?
It is an emotive subject with some behaviour from both sides of the argument in the news media being at times nothing short of scandalous. Both sides have argued their point using fear, threats and emotional manipulation as the chosen weapon of the tongue. Some took a different stance, purporting to be experts or masquerading behind clever words and the pretense of secret knowledge. A subtle gnosticism was at work on both sides of the frenetic argument as the nation gathered at little boxes with little bits of paper to determine the nation’s future.
Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Sound of Silence’ was a perceptive one, especially as the United Kingdom gathered around their televisions to watch the, “will we-won’t we” drama unfold;
“And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon God they made.
And the sign flashed out it’s warning,
In the words that it was forming.
And the sign said, the words of the prophets
Are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls.”
Where were the prophetic voices whilst people sighed, and tempers raged? As the Church stood together praying there was some anxiety. In or out? What did God want? What will happen if they chose the wrong option?
One moment the Church was singing, “And if our God be for us, who can be against us?” the next moment hearts were shaken, and the song fell into silence…
Let’s steady our nerves and remember that the UK’s entrance into the European Union was not part of God’s redemptive purposes for mankind. There is some controversy about whether we should have actually joined the EU in the first place. But it never was to follow the counsel and leading of God into a form of ‘promised land’.
The rediscovered truth as we slowly walk out of the borders of Europe is that we depend on God for everything. Nothing has changed.
Our great fear, anxiety and sudden onset of hopelessness demonstrates a discomforting fact, we were so busy with our lives, our success and our prosperity that we forgot that God is the One that we were meant to be looking to.
The truth remains that God is still our provider. He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. (Acts 17:26-27)
Our times are in His hands because He chose them, gave them to us. Nothing has changed. We still need to look to God, trust Him, love and serve Him. It becomes us to do so with faith and obedience.
The story of Amaziah in 2 Chronicles 25 where he is confronted by a prophet is just brilliant. Amaziah has paid 100 talents of silver for military assistance. The prophet tells him to drop the support, but Amaziah is concerned about his investment. It’s a well thought through, business-minded response. The prophet’s response serves us well. The man of God answered, “The LORD is able to give you much more than this.”
It is a response based on faith, revelation and trust in God. And it was the right response.
No matter what our situation, nothing has changed. We are still infinitely reliant on God and God is still our ONLY provider. We are not, and never have been, the master of our own destiny. As a nation we are desperately unaware as to how far we have distanced ourselves from God, turned to the false idols of money, influence and power and set ourselves on the harrowing journey of depravity, injustice, immorality, oppression of the poor whilst convincing ourselves that we were walking in light. That journey continues even as we leave the European Union, joining other exciting countries like Switzerland in our dance of liberty.
God? God still has a plan for the countries of the United Kingdom. There are many who love Him, serve Him and long for His glorious return as King of Kings. If anything, the prophetic message is that God is still in control, still providing, still intervening as before. The Church is still a church on a mission, with an apostolic mandate to reach the nations.
The immutability of God is an awesome incommunicable attribute. He does not change. He’s faithful, trustworthy and more powerful than anything time or eternity can come up with collectively.
We are in very, very good and safe hands.
Unlike James Bond’s martini, I am not shaken but I am definitely am stirred.