Kingsway Christian Fellowship’s Response to the EU Referendum Result
A time for bridge building, peace and hope.
On the 23rd June 2016, the UK voting public decided in a referendum to leave the European Union. The result has stirred up many emotions; negative emotions of fear, distrust, anger and uncertainty as well as some positive emotions such as hope and optimism for the future. The overriding feeling in the wake of this decision appears to be a sense of uncertainty and unrest.
As disciples of Christ and ministers of reconciliation however we believe we have a unique opportunity in the nation right now. Amongst the many fear led, doom mongering voices, we can speak of hope, reconciliation and the ultimate redemption of all things into Christ through the Gospel.
We have the responsibility to pray for our leaders and all those in positions of authority and for a clear way forward to emerge. If ever our leaders needed prayer, it’s now! We are also called to demonstrate love for our neighbours and those less fortunate than ourselves and not respond purely from emotion and self-interest. We can speak words of comfort and peace, that neighbour can be reconciled with neighbour and that as a nation we can once again learn how to love our neighbour as ourselves (whatever political or religious persuasion, colour, creed or sexuality). We must resist the temptation to judge the views of others, views that are also genuine and heart felt, but seek understanding about why others think differently. Let’s face it, none of us have all the answers.
We must resolve not to cause others to stumble but seek to encourage and build one another up, pursuing peace and not division. We have a debt towards one another as Romans 13:8 tells us:
“Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
As the same scripture says in verse 11 we do all this in the knowledge that a better day is coming and we must wake up the great hope we have in Christ.
“And do this knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.”
We are supremely confident that whatever decisions man makes, the Father still loves His creation and is committed to redeeming it fully through the Son and the Holy Spirit. As the church our calling has not changed. Jesus still calls us to minister to the poor, the needy, the widow and the orphan; to the disadvantaged and discarded of society in order and to represent the loving heart of the Father as a witness of His grace to the world.
These are exciting times. Let us approach them with compassion, prayer, humility, mercy and grace and be an instrument of healing within this nation. May God guard your hearts and minds with His peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.
Pastor Rob Payet and Pastor Tino Todino