Sunday, June 26, 2016

What next?

Still processing the referendum result, and not quite sure what to make of it. It's clear there's a massive trust deficit in the UK: politicians, economists, business leaders, bishops, unions etc. all queuing up to back Remain, and we voted the other way. Both sides appealed to selfishness and the rhetoric got more divisive as the campaign went on, amplified by the media (which prefers conflict to harmony). Social media and politics is now filled with blame and recrimination, with Corbyn now in trouble as well.

"I urge then first of all that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." (1 Tim 2:1-2) The kingdom of God has a better future than the United Kingdom or the EU. 'Do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it' says Isaiah. 

We need to pray, we need to get stuck into the debate about what sort of nation we are, we need to be positive, and we need to resist blame and divisiveness. If we don't understand why someone voted the way they did, perhaps we should listen to them rather than blame them. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

1 comment:

  1. we need to get stuck into the debate about what sort of nation we are

    You're about a year too late. The decisions are going to be taken not by (semi-) accountable politicians, but by the old gods of money and tribal power, and the results are not going to be pretty. Expect to see results this week.