We haven’t seen anything like this for a very long time – first brexit, now Trump
It is utterly beyond me how anyone can claim to follow Jesus Christ and vote in a spirit of hatred, rage and spite – either for brexit or Trump. And let’s be honest – the same spirit is behind them both.
Jesus Christ rejected no one – in fact he sought out the lowest of the low at the time, he spent time with the criminals, the dodgy characters, the hated Samaritans, the people with leprosy, the women who were considered mere possessions by their husbands…
I’ve seen tweets saying ‘don’t judge’ and ‘more grace’ as Trump wreaks havoc in week one. But there is a time to turn over the tables in the temple and to say – no shout – a great big ‘No!’
- NO – to ‘UK first’, ‘America first’ or ‘England first’
- NO – to turning backs on brothers and sisters, daughters and sons – members of humanity – in dire need, fleeing terror and persecution
- NO – to making rules that only apply to people of a certain religion – we saw Hitler do exactly this to the Jews as evil flourished in Germany
- NO – to ‘charity starts at home’ and an inward-looking focus at the detriment of the rest of the world
- NO – to torture and abuse – full stop
All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing – I paraphrase Edmund Burke.
Personally, I know I must speak out, and I must do whatever I can – even if it seems very small – to resist brexit and Trump, and the spirit behind them.
One thing I can do is the most powerful thing I could possibly do, and that is to pray.
As Christians we should be joining together in prayer to wear the spiritual armour we are equipped with and go into battle.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (The Bible, Ephesians 6)
Now, today, January/February 2017 is why God has given us armour and shown us the truth of this battle. We don’t fight Trump, Farage, or May – we fight the evil that is lurking behind the scenes. We show it up for what it is and we come against it in prayer.
If you wish to join me…
Deliver us from evil
We, your people, humbly come before you to seek your forgiveness for any part we have played in these recent world events. We are deeply sorry.
Lord, you are greater and stronger, more powerful and glorious than any force or person that ever has been or ever will be.
We recognise that the victory has already been won by Jesus Christ when he died, rose again and death was defeated.
Lord we come to you as your children, to ask for the defeat of this evil that seeks to sow hatred and division in the world.
If we are called to act or speak please equip us Lord and give us the courage.
In the precious and powerful name of Jesus our Lord