In or Out? Sun 19th July 16

After years of promises, months of rumblings and weeks of debating, the EU referendum is finally upon us. I suspect that somewhere in the early hours of Friday morning we will finally be informed as to whether our future lies inside or outside of the European Union.

So, the BIG question is; ‘how should we as Christians vote?’

Firstly, I believe that we should all vote prayerfully. Paul instructs his mentee Timothy to ‘’pray for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity”. (1 Tim 2:2). In acknowledging that Paul had no concept of democratic government, we should therefore not only pray for office holders (those elected), but also ourselves (the electorate), to whom substantial authority is given. Secondly, we should seek to vote according to Biblical principles as much as is possible. I add the caveat in light of the fact that both campaigns are supported by such a wide range of politicians that they can provide no real manifesto to which they can be held accountable. We therefore need to ask, which option best allows us to serve the poor, defend moral standards, offers stability, support refugees, provide for our families and ensure opportunities by which we can make Jesus known.

Indeed, as we wrestle with these difficult questions, I believe that we will come to different conclusions. Yet wonderfully, we will find ourselves far from divided. Why? Because we will have united in prayer, united in asking the questions and, united in concluding that our real hope is not with either Remain or Brexit, but in the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Every blessing, Gareth