There’s not been a post on Brexit here on, not that Christians have had nothing to say on the issue; there have been lots of other helpful posts elsewhere covering both sides of the debate, just I’ve not quite known what to add to that mix.

But now the vote is over there are some things that ought to be said and agreed with by Christians on all sides of the debate, some of which have been thoughtfully and ably said by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York here.

The vote has shown up some deep divisions in our country.  With an almost 50/50 outcome this point is simply stating the blindingly obvious but it’s worth reflecting on. Politics has not drawn us together here but pushed us apart and in surprising new ways, not just left and right, rich and poor or even north and south.  As a Christian these divisions are sad but unsurprising.  Regardless of how you feel about the specifics of the debate you have to agree that again we see that there is only one plan to unite people together which will ultimately work and that plan belongs to God and he’s doing it through Jesus and not politics.

Feelings of certainty are really uncertainty poorly painted over. Going to bed last night it seemed likely that the status quo would remain and that everything would carry on as normal, who would have thought that by the end of the following day so much would have changed. Psalm 20:7-8 says these insightful words:

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They collapse and fall but we rise and stand upright.”

The point is uncertainty is the way of the world even if it appears temporarily otherwise, fools trust the certainty of human strength (or that of horses), we trust in God.

Britain needs the gospel more than politics. Both sides of the debate in their own ways appealed to our selfishness; Brexit would cost us £2200 each, versus we need more power in our own hands. Sadly what’s missed is that it is the selfishness appealed to which is ultimately the deeper problem in our society. That selfishness is a heart problem in each of us which only the message of Jesus, his cross and resurrection can solve.

God’s sovereignty is a better place of hope than democracy. Romans 13 tells us that God appoints authorities, that applies to your boss, your headteacher, our government and the EU commission. Democracy might be the means we use to elect and decide but God’s sovereignty rules and he ultimately holds to account. In a surprising world like ours that’s reassuring to remember.

Praying for our government is our Christian calling. In 1 Timothy 2:2 Paul tells Timothy to tell the church to pray for their king and all those in high position, so while we all vote, discuss and debate Christians also pray.  The church alone has access via the Lord Jesus to the throne of God himself to ask for his blessing on our rulers that they might lead wisely with the hope that we might live peacefully.  I wonder if that’s how we’re known? As a people committed to praying as well as voting.  I’m praying that in the coming months that’s how the church in the UK is known and that God might use that to bring glory to himself and people into his kingdom.