The Word on the Week

Hatching a Catastrophe

The Teresa May sponsored plan to extract the UK from the EU, despite all warnings that it would not pass a Parliamentary vote, was voted on, producing the largest Government defeat for over a century. The resulting chaos permitted each of the smaller parties and factions to get their moment in the limelight this week as they stated their demands.
It started 3 years ago with Prime Minister Cameron asking the people to decide by referendum on an issue so complex that its implications are not fully understood even today. The people voted to leave – and Cameron resigned. May got the job but made the mistake of calling an election (she wanted among other things to be properly elected) and lost a number of MP’s ending up with a minority Government. To get a working majority she has to be assisted by the DUP (Northern Ireland party) who want to be part of the UK but geographically are attached to us in the South of Ireland (who are content to remain in the EU).
It would be hard to conceive a more difficult situation especially when you add in the fact that the deadline for the UK leaving the EU is 29th March.
What does the Bible have to say on the subject?
“Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another?” The answer is, of course, it has never happened with one exception “like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes” (Deuteronomy chapter 4 verse 34). Even then there was a harking back for the fleshpots of Egypt (Exodus Chapter 16 verse 3). But the sovereign state that was being formed then has withstood all the ravages of time and today exists in Israel – proof positive that the nation has been successfully extracted from another i.e. Egypt.
Is it possible today for the UK to come out from the EU? There are many more complexities in their relationship. After around 40 years of membership the economy and trade laws have been ‘harmonised’. Treaties concerning fishing rights, among other things, have been agreed in Brussels which has become increasingly influential as the UK progressively lost its sovereignty.

The question is can a Nation State, once having given away its sovereignty, get it back? The children of Israel succeeded because they had God on their side. The UK in its present state of apostasy needs to repent of its disregard of God’s laws and to turn from ignoring God to look for Him – this He encourages: –
“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us” (Acts Chapter 17 verses 24 – 27).
Will it end in catastrophe? Only the Lord knows. Turn to Him.