I think my title is how many Brits feel about Brexit, which officially happens tonight at 11pm UK time. As much as the powers that be and the media have played up this dualist struggle between “Brexiteers” and “Remainers”, I think most Brits, partly for the sake of keeping the peace within their families and communities, are fairly ambivalent about the whole thing, whichever side of the argument we’re on.
I don’t want to get all political/divisive in this post. But I do want to write about division and unity. The European Union isn’t so united after all: it’s just lost its first member state. But the United Kingdom isn’t so united itself: Northern Ireland might end up leaving to unite with the rest of Ireland; Scotland might become independent only to attempt to rejoin the EU, and Wales might follow suite.
I could write about how every attempt to unite Europe (and for that matter humanity) throughout history has failed. I could on the other hand write about how racism has been more uglily apparent in the UK in the last few years.
But instead I want to write about the only dividing line through humanity that really matters, and that’s spiritual. It’s not even about being relatively good- plenty of moral people are both leavers and pro-EU. Ultimately, according to the Bible, we’re all naturally bad spiritually (to a greater or lesser extent). The dividing line is between those of us who will get what we deserve- hell- for our rebellion against God; and those of us who have received the grace of God for us in the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Christ- whether we leave or remain in the EU doesn’t really matter- what really matters is that we belong to Him. Christ is the great unifier of all who come into His truly united kingdom of heaven. In Christ, whatever our political persuasion may be pales into insignificance compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ.
He’s my Lord, do you know Him? He’s the King of kings and the Lord of lords to whom every political power must bow. Better to do so gladly now, than to be forced to it in the end.
May the church be a truly united kingdom of God in the disunited UK and EU, worshipping Him together, and telling others of the good news of salvation in Him. To His glory alone, amen!