by Michael Schluter, 27th June 2016.
The top priority in the days ahead is to heal the wounds inflicted during the campaign, and find a way forward for the future which meets the aspirations of both the Remain and the Leave constituencies among the British people. It is undoubtedly possible to find a middle way between on the one hand moving towards a single government for the whole of the EU in Brussels with a single currency and free movement of capital and labour, and on the other large-scale revolt by majorities or minorities in many nations across the EU who are deeply disturbed about the possibility of a single sovereign state in Europe. An intermediate position needs to be articulated and pursued.
In terms of our recognition of God’s sovereignty as Christians, speaking personally I found the result of the Brexit vote compelled me to recognise in a fresh way that the EU is not the source of our protection, jobs, prosperity and welfare, but rather that it is God who fulfils those roles for us. Perhaps the vote for Brexit will help Britain as a nation to come to terms with our dependence on God in a new way, and turn us again towards recognising His authority and right to our allegiance.
Together let’s pray for the faith of both sides, for a healing of the relations that have been harmed through the debate we have just held, and for a shared way forward to be found which all of us can support. And let’s pray too for a healing of relationships with our European neighbours, and especially for those migrants who already live among us, that the desire of many to avoid ‘ever closer union’ in Europe will not be misunderstood as a rejection of our neighbours. Above all, let’s pray that through this debate our commitment to Christ as Lord of all the world will give us a sense of peace, and enable us to share that peace with our neighbours in the UK and beyond.
Founder and Life President, Jubilee Centre