Monday, 17 January 2022

God help us with arguments over EU

THE May elections are over. New members have been appointed to the Welsh and Scottish

THE May elections are over. New members have been appointed to the Welsh and Scottish Assemblies, to local councils up and down the country and as mayors of some of our cities.

In our own area we have  re-appointed Anthony Stansfeld as the Thames Valley police commissioner.

Now we must look forward to the EU referendum next month.

Many may ask whether those we have voted into office can be trusted. Ps. 146 in the Old Testament reminds us: “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men.”

In the EU debate can we trust those on both sides of the argument to be truthful in what they would present as fact?

Whatever choice the nation might make there will be “risk”, but am I alone in perceiving that in the debate, both sides seek to present risk as certainty and supposition as fact?

We live in a world which is uncertain. We live in a world in which many cannot be trusted and where promises made in manifestos and in the run-up to elections may not be honoured.

Christian faith and teaching (and indeed perhaps any faith) cannot tell us as to how we should vote in elections or referenda.

For those who intend to vote next month, they will have to discern for themselves between fact and fiction, risk and certainty.

But for those who believe in God and the teaching of Jesus, with prayer and reflection, we can trust God and His Holy Spirit to guide us in our thoughts and deliberations that we might come to a decision which reflects the Christian principles of love, care and concern for all.

As thoughtful and faithful believers, we can discern the common good rather than personal, political, corporate or financial advantage.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts” (Psalm 28).

So in the EU referendum and as we struggle to understand the competing arguments, no wonder we might cry out “God help us”!

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