If the Gospel is meant to transform the whole of our lives then this should include our attitude to politics and
current affairs. This means it should affect how we look at the EU Referendum.
The 23rd June was a big day for Britain and Europe. Those who voted leave will be feeling happy today, there will be a sense of delight that comes with victory. Those who voted to remain will feel disappointed, sad, worried, Indeed, even if you voted to leave and think it is the right thing to do, there may well be a level of anxiety. The future remains uncertain.I’m not going to tell you how you should have voted. That’s a bit like talking to your mates about what they should have written in the GCSE exam you all sat together! Nor am I going to tell you that you are wrong to feel those emotions. Emotion is a natural part of how God made us.
However, I’m reminded again of what Martyn Lloyd Jones said about politics and Christ’s call for us to build up treasure in heaven not on earth.
If your happiness at last Thursday’s victory has turned into a sort of ecstatic delirium where you see this as the solution to all our ills and the dawn of a golden age, then you may well be at risk of putting your confidence in the wrong place. If you find yourself crowing triumphantly over those who voted the other way, then beware the danger of pride and idolatry. The UK parliament and national pride will disappoint you eventually. Do not allow them to take the place in your heart that belongs to Christ
If your sadness and disappointment has turned into overwhelming despair and even into rage against those who disagreed with you, if all hope has been extinguished (except perhaps the petition for a rerun or the SNP riding to the rescue) then likewise could it be that you have placed your energies and hope in the wrong place. The EU is a human institution and it too will fail and fall. All human empires will fall.
Our hope must be in Christ alone.
You see, the 23rd of June was an important day and some things will change as a result of it but some things have not changed.
On the 22nd June we had many vulnerable people in our society. There were elderly widows experiencing isolation and neglect, asylum seekers struggling to make sense of the immigration system, people facing the prospect of no job, no pay, no food, no roof over their head. On the 24th June, the poor, the vulnerable, the widow, the asylum seeker were all still there. We still have a responsibility to show compassion and love to them.
On the 22nd June, our friends, neighbours, work colleagues needed to hear the Gospel. Their greatest need was to know Jesus. On the 24th June, our friends, neighbours and work colleagues still needed to know Jesus. Our main responsibility is still to proclaim the Gospel.
On the 23rd June Jesus was Lord. On the 24th June, Jesus was still Lord, God is still sovereign. The 23rd June was a big day but as believers we look more to two other days. We look back to the day when Jesus died on the Cross and forward to the day when he will return and make all things new. Our hope is still in him.
Christ alone is the true source of our hope and security, our joy, our peace, our salvation.