I can hardly believe that on the 25th June (Less than 24 hrs after the referendum) David and I flew out of UK, just as we heard the Brexit results. It felt like deserting, perhaps not a sinking ship, but certainly one in imminent crisis!
I have to say the results were a shock, we went to bed with even Nigel Farrage believing the ‘remains’ would win by a slight margin. How often these predictions during voting campaigns are proved wrong and this one was no different.
It isn’t difficult to see why so many chose ‘leave’. The politicians over some years haven’t taken the nations concerns seriously and those, simply wanting some control on immigration, were branded xenophobes and racist. And of course, immigration, although important, was only one issue concerning so many and that our leaders chose, in their lack of wisdom, to ignore.
In the past I have been a supporter of the present conservative government, believing David Cameron and George Osbourne have done a decent job in dealing with recession issues. But during the official ten week campaign to secure our vote, I believe the behaviour of so many ‘remain’ politicians became threatening and manipulating.
Mr Cameron had previously said, although his choice was to remain, whichever direction the vote took, the nation would be not only secure but prosper. In a nutshell, we would be alright!
But dire warnings, negative predictions, and fear mongering became daily threats over that final ten weeks and they came through prominent and trusted leaders David Cameron, George Osbourne, Mark Carney and others, but most staggeringly through Barack Obama!
A short while ago I wrote about integrity and said that if leaders fall it is usually in the area of money, sex or the abuse of power.
This ‘threatening and manipulation’ came, in my opinion, very close to being under the heading of ‘abuse of power’. These men didn’t simply state the facts; they sought to instil fear, to paralyse us into the status quo. They should know you cannot coerce the British public.
We prayed in the run up to the referendum, ‘Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in our nation’. And this is the outcome. Now we must pray even more ardently for our nation and our leaders. Firstly that our nation will be calm, stable and united. But also that God will rise up godly leaders with integrity, skill, wisdom, gravitas and statesmanship.
God bless Great Britain.
POST SCRIPT: I wrote the previous notes on the plane on June 25th, now two weeks later and back in the UK, we find ourselves in exciting days! The two forerunners to be our next prime minister are both openly Christian!
I know I have used Psalm 46 on this subject rather a lot, but feel again Gods word here so fits our present circumstances. Pray it over this great nation.
‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. –Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall, He lifts His voice the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress.-Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations.’