Psalm 33:10 says, “The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing, he frustrates the plans of the peoples”.
I pray every day that the plans of those who wish to leave the European Union will fail. I do this because the decision to leave goes against Christian values in every respect.
From the day that the angel announced the birth of Jesus by proclaiming, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased” (Luke 2:14), Christians have known that the best plans for earth are those that promote peace. After Britain and the USA liberated Europe from the Nazi regime it was our aim to establish great councils which would enable nations to work together so that wars could be avoided wherever possible. Both the United Nations and the European Union have been used to enable the nations to work together and the European Union in particular has seen an avoidance of war between its members throughout the 70 years of its existence. Are we really supposed to leave this powerful alliance at a time when because of international terrorism it needs supporting and strengthening?
In any case, we joined the European Union by entering into a treaty. There is nowhere in the Bible where we are told to break treaties or promises. In fact we are quite plainly told that we should stand by our word and not break an oath. Psalm 15:4 tells us that anyone who wants to dwell in the presence of the Lord must “swear to his own hurt and not change”. Or again in Matthew 5:33 we are told, “You shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn”.
Apart from Bible passages which tell us that we must not break our promises, Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount gives us clear instructions to “love our neighbour as ourselves” (Mat 5:44). Who could doubt that the nations of Europe are our neighbours, sharing as they do a common Western European culture with all its Christian foundations. Europe is not our enemy, but rather our friend and if Jesus tells us to love our enemies, how much more should be love our neighbours as ourselves. To break these ties with Europe goes against the clear teaching of Jesus which foster peaceful relationships, cooperative working.
So, my prayer is that all our attempts to leave the European Union will come to nothing. I have much encouragement so far. The leaders of the Brexit campaign all failed to achieve what they wanted in terms of leading the government and we actually saw a member of the Remain campaign becoming Prime Minister.
Perhaps the most important thing to pray for now is that Parliament will be involved in any decision to invoke Article 50, the measure which will commence the process of exit. We want to see that stopped in its tracks and we can have faith that the great institution of the British Parliament will serve us well in that regard as it has served us so well in other times of national crisis.
Our Father in Heaven,
I pray that you will thwart the plans of the people to leave the European Union.
Remind us of our Christian values of promoting peace and cooperation among the nations.
Remind us of Christian virtues loving our neighbour as ourselves and being true to our words.
May this nation of Great Britain take its place as a promoter of righteousness in the councils of the world.
May we work with others of like mind so that Europe may be a beacon of light under Almighty God.
Establish our place once again at the centre of Europe so that British values may lead the continent into wisdom and insight, underpinned by our Christian history and heritage.
Thanks be to God.