23rd/24th June 2016 will long be remembered as two momentous days in the history of the United Kingdom. On 23rd, the British people were given the opportunity to decide whether their country should remain in the European Union or leave the European Union. On 24th, it became clear that they had decided to leave. We believe that this was the right choice and, since most Christians will have prayed, “Your will be done on earth as it is on heaven,” we trust this is the will of God. We agree with those politicians and commentators who have declared that 24th June is our Independence Day and should be commemorated as such.
As well as making this historic decision about the future of the UK, we believe the British people have made a number of statements that need to be taken note of:
- They have put sovereignty above economic self-interest. They have counted the cost of short-term financial upheaval and considered it a price worth paying for freedom
- They have chosen hope over fear and truth over deception.
- They have thumbed their noses at politicians, financiers and the elite who despise working people and consider them incapable of understanding political issues and making decisions about them.
We also suggest that there are a number of lessons to be learned and principles to be adopted from the word of God as we now move on from the referendum into this next chapter of the UK’s history:
- Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 13: 34). In championing same-sex ‘marriage’ David Cameron took on Almighty God and suffered the consequences. Let his successor take heed.
- Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6: 33). Our nation may be about to experience a number of economic challenges. If we order our affairs according to Kingdom principles we can be confident of God’s provision and blessing.
- Man and woman shall not live by bread alone (Matthew 4: 4). Economic considerations must never be the sole criteria by which a course of action is judged to be right or wrong, as the ‘Remain’ campaign seemed to be insisting.
- See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5: 15-16). We trust that by leading us out of the EU the Lord is giving us a window of opportunity to prepare for His return. Perhaps He is keeping us out of a godless superstate which will provide the setting in which the man of sin (2 Thessalonians 2: 3) will arise. We must use this time to pursue God’s agenda, to rescue the perishing, to care for the needy and not just to seek our own well being.
- In becoming disconnected from the EU we must not become isolationist. Our commission is to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28: 19). We are also to take in the stranger (Matthew 25: 35) and remember the prisoners as if chained with them (Hebrews 13: 3), which surely includes refugees and our persecuted brothers and sisters in the Middle East and elsewhere.
If you are a citizen of the United Kingdom, we hope that you can say with us, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalms 118: 24) whichever way you voted. Britain outside the EU is the new reality. We have to live with it whether we agree or not. As a United Kingdom, let us now work together to bring this nation back under God’s rule and reign.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord (Psalms 33: 12).