St. Bartholomew’s Kirby Muxloe
Secondly, Christians are thus called to pray God’s blessing on our leaders. We read in 1 Timothy Chapter 2: “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.” It’s easy to be disparaging of politicians, and at times we may doubt the motives of some. But our calling is to pray for their insight, courage, stamina and integrity. Whatever the imperfections of the past, they need to work from the present reality: and they are just as fallible and lacking in prescience as you or I. Brexit has been called the most complex divorce in history. It is destined to run for a while yet – let’s agree to pray every morning for the grace that is needed, by politicians and by us all! It can be as brief a prayer as this one, from the CofE national website:- God of love,turn our hearts to your ways;and give us peace.Amen. Your brother in faith, Tom
I write on the day of the so called ‘meaningful vote’ in Parliament, and following months of argumentative politics, confusion, media frenzy, the predicted defeat of the draft withdrawal Bill has just been announced. No doubt this will lead to even greater levels of debate as we ratchet up the subject even further. In the midst of the turmoil, we have seen periods of acrimony and outright hostility toward some MP’s on one side or other of the divide. Where should Christians place themselves? Christians seek the welfare of all. There can be no ‘them and us’ attitude. We are not wall-builders but wall dismantlers. Writing to the Galatian believers, Paul wrote, (Gal. 3:28), “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus”. He is writing about status and about equality. As Jesus has come as Saviour for all people, we cannot seek the welfare of one community at the expense of another. We want the best for mainland Europe, as we do for our own nation. We want the best for north and south, professional and trader, young and old, politician and indeed all the peoples of earth. We are not exclusivist, but inclusivist. While we are at it, that extends beyond humanity to the welfare of all creation.