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The question is not "EU in or out?".

Even mature Christians are arguing the case on entirely the wrong grounds.

 
 
"If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.

And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted,
and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it."
Jer: 18:7-10


Brexit mayThe division in the nation over Brexit is as profound as it is manifest;  no less in the Christian church. This is a tragedy: but not because of the upset. Rather it illustrates that Christians – even ‘mature’ Christians – are using the entirely wrong criteria when coming to a view.

Almost everywhere I hear pros and cons being argued on socio-political or economic grounds: this dynamic is exactly the same as that found in the secular world. It is very sad.

However amongst the more discerning I see and hear things being assessed from an entirely different (read ‘spiritual’) perspective.

 The EU is a modern-day tyrannical and totalitarian despot: it is – at its heart – a profoundly anti-God system. So the real question is not whether we should stay in Europe or leave, but rather whether it is God’s purpose – in His mercy – to deliver us from the Babel-like system; or, alternatively use the EU to bring judgement upon us; the judgement which we are truly most deserving.
 
It has ever been the way of God to use one nation (or nations) to bring judgement upon another.

Anyone who has the most rudimentary knowledge of Scripture will know God said of the Assyrians that He would use them as “a rod of my anger, in whose hand is the club of my wrath” (Isa. 10:5): the Babylonians in like manner (Jer 32:29).
Indeed it has ever been the way of God to use one nation (or nations) to bring judgement upon another.
 
However it is also the case that God’s uses ‘judgement’ to bring about His mercy. Irrespective of the final outcome of the utter mess which is Brexit, it is most likely that the UK will experience – in  the short term at least – massive turmoil. But it may indeed be that massive turmoil is needed in order to bring us – literally and metaphorically – to our knees. And in our despair that we might cry out to God.

LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds,
O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.
Habakkuk 3:2
 
 
Feedback:
Elspeth Masson (Guest) 14/03/2019 17:06
Thank you for this, Colin. I (and - I believe - our Lydia group) would agree with every word you have written. Why ever are mature Christians parroting economic issues that are debated endlessly in the news? We are SO well aware that we deserve judgement but are praying SO hard for mercy!!
Brian Ross (Guest) 14/03/2019 18:37
As I now live in France, I am frequently asked, by both "ex-pats" and French friends, about my views on "Brexit". I am happy to inform them, first of all, that I voted Leave in the referendum. I then point out that I believe in the sovereignty of Almighty God, and that my personal prayer is that His will be done. Whether, or not, it is in line with my desire is irrelevant.

I, also, am reading through the book of the prophet Jeremiah in my personal devotions, and seeing its further application to the modern State of Israel! I have been sharing this on a number of predominantly Jewish sites!
Colin Ford (Guest) 14/03/2019 21:31
Editor,
Thank you for your e-mail earlier today; I agree; this whole Brexit scenario is an utter shambles. Clearly it would have been better if the UK never joined the EU in the first place! but then this is the unseen hand of God at work fulfilling His purposes.

Those eerie words of the Eagles that I used to listen to in my unregenerate days come to mind here;

"You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave."

So it will be! The "mother of all parliaments" based in London, England, will NEVER leave, and as a consequence, I believe there will be a break-up of the UK. The Highlands and Islands were never part of the Roman Empire at the time of the Lord's First Advent, and they won't be at His Second.

Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918 & ex head of CID) said "The full and final development of democracy will be despotism." And we see this happening before our very eyes. Democracy is DEAD! Antichrist is coming. God's theocratic kingdom will prevail.

God's will be done whether we pray for it or not. Corporately the people of the British Isles most certainly will NOT turn back to the Lord. However out of this nation, (as also the rest of the nations on God's earth) the Lord is"taking out a people for His Name" Acts 15:14.
Malcolm Graham (Guest) 17/03/2019 19:23
Hi, Colin

I’ve just moved home so not had time to rely to your article. I agree with you that the economic reasons are a red herring really. Those that voted to leave mainly did so because they wanted to be free from the ever-encroaching bureaucratic control of the EU. If we do leave the EU, then I believe God with use this nation like he has done in the past centuries, to once again stand up and fight the evil that has risen in Europe.

The Spirit has put it in my mind that the UK could become a sanctuary for persecuted Christians. But, as you say, it could go the other way and we could have our rights and assets slowly stripped away from us as punishment. If we become too weakened to stop those controlling the EU, then it could bring the return of our God back that much quicker.

Either way I am not really bothered, as I always say to my God, “Let thy will be done”.

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