Pastor’s Blog May 2017

I guess our news throughout May is going to be dominated by the forthcoming General Election. A couple of days after the election was announced I read these verses from Psalm 33:

“The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm for ever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.”

Given the seeming volatility in the world at the moment these words came as timely reassurance. It also helps to put the election into a proper perspective. As undoubtedly important as it is, it is good to remember that ultimately God’s plans will be the ones that triumph. Long after the current crop of politicians are footnotes in history and low scoring answers on Pointless, God will still be God and still be reigning.

Don’t take this to mean that we shouldn’t engage with the political process. Although as Christians we have a dual citizenship, in heaven and on earth, we are called to be good and responsible citizens participating responsibly in our society.

For some people this may take the form of active participation in politics. We should prayerfully support and encourage all Christian M.P.’s whether or not we share their views or vote for their party.

We should certainly be praying for our nation at this time of potentially significant change. We should pray that the campaign will be carried out in a respectful way, focusing on policies and not personalities. We should be informed about the issues both from our news sources and from our bibles. God has an agenda for the world an agenda that will find perfect expression in the New Heavens and new Earth but while we wait we should still have a longing in our hearts to see justice and righteousness in our land.

The words of Isaiah 58 have impressed themselves deeply on me, since I was a teenager. I had them written out and displayed on my wall in the Nurses Home, if you get the chance read the whole chapter but here is a taste:

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke.

If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” V6&10.

 

So let’s be prayerfully engaged with what’s going on. There will be a hustings at Ford’s Lane on Tuesday 30th May at 7.30pm if you want to find out about our local candidates.

Remembering that the plans of the Lord stand firm for ever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.

Phil Dixon