I don’t want to go into the right and wrongs of the campaign or whether the country has made the best decision – only time and historians will tell. The key question that faces us as Christians is what can / should we be doing? How can we help bring God’s love and light into the situation?
We now live with a much greater degree of uncertainty than before. That uncertainty causes fear which in turn can lead to anger and then violence. We’ve seen this in Nice, Turkey and the USA. The first antidote to fear is Peace.
In Holy week we were reminded that Jesus’ disciples were afraid for the future. Their world was about to be turned upside down. So Jesus gave them a promise to hold onto while things got really rough. In his great discourse at the end of that meal he says: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. ”
So let’s pray for that peace in our lives, our homes, our village and our country. It’s not a one off prayer but a continuous cry to God.
The second antidote is Hope. Hope is something positive as it looks for what God is doing and saying even when things get really messy and bad as they might. (I’m not quite sure what he can do about the English football team!)
St Paul in Romans reminds us “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. ”
The question is, do we really accept and believe that? Do we want those around us to know it as a truth for themselves? I hope the answer is yes we do and that we will take every opportunity to act out God’s love towards our neighbour.
We as Christians have the answer that so many people now want – security, certainty, hope and love. At this point in time we do have the good news that people really want to hear deep down in their souls.
So let’s not keep it for ourselves but share it as much as possible.