30th June 2016
A week ago, the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU. I stayed up until five in the morning watching the results and like many of you, I was surprised at the outcome. Whatever your political persuasion, the referendum has undoubtedly exposed deep divisions in our country. It has left us in a period of uncertainty – we are a less united, more divided nation than we had perhaps fully realised before Friday’s result was announced. As the voting patterns have been analysed over the course of the last seven days, major differences have been revealed between young and old, Scotland and England, and urban centres (like the one in which I live) and more rural regions. There is evidence of tension rising between people groups, and even within families where opinions differ. It has left our government with a vacuum of leadership and some of our political parties displaying a worrying drift towards the right or left. It is understandable if many among us are concerned and anxious about what the future may hold.
What an opportunity for the church in this land to stand up and be counted! Whatever your political persuasion, let us welcome the stranger, preach the Gospel and show mercy to the vulnerable and the foreigner. Let us pray for our leaders and the government and seek to build together rather than move apart. Let us respect the result of the referendum and ultimately put our trust in another kingdom, God’s Kingdom, where He reigns and which will last forever. We often teach that we should have no other gods than the great I AM. So, in a time of uncertainty let us seek to hold on to Him, confident in the knowledge that He can meet all our needs whatever the political or economic outlook.
This Sunday we welcome Andrew Wilson to speak at the Catford and Lee sites in the second part of our new series based out of the book Ruth, and I hope to see many of you there. As we gather again to focus on Jesus and worship the King of kings, let us stand together as a church and continue to be salt and light in our homes, communities and workplaces.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.