Wondering what’s happening?
Who would have guessed in 2016 that we would still be wondering about the outcome of the European Referendum in 2019? No matter which way we voted, we never anticipated this, but here we are three Prime Minister’s later still in a mess.
They say that you should never discuss, football, religion or politics f you don’t want to start an argument, I think that you can add ‘Brexit’ to that list. People from both sides get angry about what’s happening and worse still they get angry with each other!
Democracy can be a hard thing to live with when things don’t go ‘our way’, or we feel that ‘our way’ is not being listened to. Nobody knows what’s going to happen, I think that includes our politicians, but fighting doesn’t help.
You might accuse me of being a bit simplistic because of what I’m going to write next! There was a similar situation going on when Jesus was on this earth, and it centred around the Temple in Jerusalem. There was a wall in the Temple that Gentiles couldn’t go past, it was only those like Jesus who were Jews who could go through it and deeper into the Temple.
Paul had this to say about that wall,
‘For Christ Himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in His own body on the cross, He broke down the wall of hostility that separated us’.
The problem was who could enter into the presence of God, some people could others were stopped by the wall, Jesus by His death and resurrection broke down that wall. Those from both sides who receive Christ and acknowledge Him as the Way of salvation become one new people. I don’t know if you have become a new person through turning to Jesus and accepting His forgiveness or not, but God offers that salvation to everyone!
Those who wanted into the Temple and those who wanted to keep them out, both discovered in the death of Christ a forgiveness that brought them into the same family. Perhaps that’s one way forward regarding Brexit – we discover that through the forgiveness Jesus offers we are able to forgive each other, and live as one family on this island.