THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: By Rev Nic Hasnip, Long Sutton Baptist Church
The Brexit vote voiced dissatisfaction with politicians. Hence, UKIP’s emergence; Jeremy Corbyn voted Labour Party leader in 2015; the juggernaut of the USA’s Republican, Donald Trump. But, we need unity: in political parties, in the UK, between north and south, young and old, Brexiteers and Remainers? And Christians are to be Christ-like; peacemakers, lovers of truth, not feeding conflict.
Words said during the feisty referendum campaign continue to smart and divide; some old friendships may never be recovered. The Apostle Paul had also encountered such issues 2000 years ago and, in the Bible, advised:
Don’t let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And don’t sadden God’s Holy Spirit, with whom you were marked for the Day of freedom. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Eph 4:29-32)
There is a higher power than the EU or even UK Government we must consider.