A surgeon, an
anaesthetist, an architect and a politician were in a pub arguing about
which profession was the oldest. The surgeon said, "Right at the start
of God’s creation, the Lord took a rib from Adam, so surgery is the
oldest profession." The anaesthetist quickly commented “But before that,
God put Adam into deep sleep.” Then the architect said, "Hey, way before
that, God created the heavens and earth from the chaos, so mine is the
oldest profession." Then the politician interjected - "Yes, but who
created the chaos?"
This has been a crazy few years in our nation’s life and many
commentators have pointed out that in the long history of our nation
there have never been scenes quite like this in Parliament with such
hostility even among fellow party members. Some have been thrown out for
not backing the Government’s stance while others have changed
allegiances. John Pienaar made a wise observation the other night on BBC
news – he said something along these lines “There is such deep division
over Brexit across all parts of British society and it is going to take
a very long time for this to heal”.
We have all seen it – friends and family deeply divided; political
parties torn apart and even churches have been affected as people
holding differing views passionately disagree over our involvement in
the European Union. I guess you are all wondering what I am about to
come out with – and some hackles may already be up!!
This is surely a time for Christians to come together and pray. We must
be united not divided – someone quipped that the principle of Galatians
3 needs expanding here -
There is neither Jew nor
Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female,
Remainer or Brexiteer - for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Things have got out of control and deep
divisions run through our society and even our congregations. The future
of our country is at stake as vitally important decisions have to be
made in the coming weeks. Christians must stand together and seek the
Lord for the wellbeing for Europe, our land and the wider world. We are
not just an Island that can stand alone but part of a global economy. As
one of the most influential nations, we also have great responsibly to
set and example of good democracy and to take a lead in issues that
affect the whole of God’s world - like climate change.
So please join in prayer at any and every
opportunity. I am part of the Wight Church Team that has set up a prayer
gathering on Friday 4th October in Newport and I urge you to come along
and join brothers and sisters in prayer for our Island community, our
shared mission as one church and for our nation in this critical month.
Paul talks about the ministry of
reconciliation in 2 Corinthians 5 – how God was reconciling the world to
himself in Christ – and how we the church have been given that ministry
in the world. So let’s take this seriously and seek a peaceful and
positive outcome to all this chaos and to work together constructively
so the wounds of the last few years can begin to heal as we move forward
into God’s future.
If ever a bit of salt and light were needed -
it is now!
With love and best wishes,