We are fast approaching that ominous date, 31 October, when the law states that we should leave the EU. But will we? Will it be with a deal? Or without a deal? Or will the Prime Minister be forced against his will to ask for an extension? We are certainly living politically in the strangest times. So much division has been created and so much passion and heat. At times it is frightening and at times it is sickening.
And it is all about sovereignty. Do we in the UK claim back our sovereignty? Or do we want it to reside in the EU? Should we have the final say in our affairs or should Brussels? Who would have imagined a few years back that such an abstract notion as sovereignty would have stirred up so much?
Our nation certainly needs our prayers at this time. Our politicians, believers or not, need us to pray for them, that God will guide them. Our people also need our prayers to keep us from turning on each other.
St Paul commands us in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 to pray ‘for kings and all those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness’. Some Christians refuse to pray for the Queen, because they say they are not monarchists. When St Paul told us to pray for kings, he meant the pagan Roman Emperor.
The issue people have with Christianity is not deep philosophical questions after years of long and deep reading in the subject. Most people have given only a nano second to thinking about and rejecting Christianity. The issue is sovereignty. People’s beef with the gospel is not doubts about abstruse doctrine but the claim that ‘Jesus is Lord’.
Jesus claims sovereignty over the world and our personal lives. People reject that, because they want to be in charge themselves. ‘No-one tells me what to do’, is the constant chant these days. Is self or Christ on the throne? The battle over that sovereignty is even angrier than that over the EU.
Rev Brian Hunt