I am wary when pastors and preachers use their pulpits in such a way that they align themselves with politicians or with their particular parties. With that said, I would be equally concerned if we didn’t address the issues that we face in society. So then, how should we be preparing for the up and coming referendum on the U.K.’s membership of the European Union? I suggest firstly and most importantly, that we take comfort from the story of Daniel. When confronting King Nebuchadnezzar, the prophet stated ‘Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others’ (Daniel 2:20-21).
In light then of God’s sovereignty should we simply sit back and do nothing? Not in a million years. I am convinced that we should actively engage with the world in which we live, including its political sphere. We have a responsibility to pick our way through the many arguments, seeking to discern between the reasonable and the alarmist advocates on either side of the divide. I am sure that this will lead some in the church to vote ‘out’ and others to vote to ‘in’’. However, we can all be united as we pray. Let us not assume then, that God will accomplish without prayer that which he wants to achieve through your prayers and mine.
Be encouraged that our God not only reigns, but rules!