That’s an arrogant statement, to say that Christ smiles on the UK voting to leave the EU. I don’t make it hastily. Last week when the building started for the vote, I was hoping, deep down inside they would vote to leave. I have felt for some time that the EU has become dictatorial, tyrannical, and conceited. For purely selfish reasons I wanted them to be shaken. Then it happened and I rejoiced for my brethren, separated by an ocean and a common language, to have thrown off the shackles of tyranny and moved closer to the promise of liberty.
However, I wanted to be sure my joy was Christ like, and not prideful. On Sunday night, at World Outreach Church, Associate Pastor Malcom Herring delivered a talk. He had spent the last two weeks in the UK and was in the Irish Parliament when the vote happened. Prior to that talk he had spent a lot of time with the various churches throughout the UK and found that most of them had been praying for the BREXIT. They felt it was the destiny of the UK to be free from other sovereign powers. They also had a document to back that up, the Magna Carta. History and custom show that the Magna Carta establishes that the UK will not be subject to any other sovereign power. This is what the EU has turned into. Fully seventy percent of the UK’s laws were superseded by the EU.
If you have not felt that this election cycle and this time is different, you may not be paying attention. God is working in this election, both overseas and in the United States. Last week there was a meeting of evangelical leaders in New York. Donald Trump met with a subset of them, but the most important aspect was the entire group was in agreement that we should be praying for the United States, for our leaders and for guidance on this election. Then they humbled themselves, got on their knees and prayed. They didn’t squabble about the type of prayer, or the length, or the names of God, they knelt and prayed.
We are in a noisy season and all of our electronic appliances of choice, and the apps on those appliances can distract us, or can focus us. Which will it be for you? Will you focus on God’s will or your own? Will you use invective or love? I pray that we would come together and do what’s right in God’s eyes and for this country.
Lord, guide us. Teach us. Give us strength, and show us what your will is for this country. Let this country again be that shining city on the hill. Allow us to bask in your glory, so we can bless you and others with our blessings. The world is better with a healthy and godly United States, may we become that once again. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.