When we set aside the time in #ThyKingdomCome for praying for our nation we could not have imagined the situation we would find ourselves in. On Monday evening we sat with newspapers from the week and searched the headlines for good and bad stories through the eyes of faith. Some people would have you believe that faith and politics should not mix
Some people would have you believe that faith and politics should not mix – others might argue that they are one and the same! The definition of the word ‘politics’ points to the ordering of society and effective governance. If you take a look at the derivative of the word religion (or re-ligion – reconnection/think of ligaments in a limb) you might agree that we are on similar ground.
Across Palestine and Jerusalem and much of the known world in the 1st century, you would have heard shouts of Caesar is Lord wherever people gathered. When a group of people who’d followed the Nazarene around for a little while started to shout “Jesus is Lord” what were they doing if not politics? They believed, at great risk, that God had just become King and if God was King then there was no room for any other.
So, it is important that we ‘do’ politics – even if the politicians are nervous about ‘doing God’. Yesterday evening, one headline stood out for us. “There is a light that never goes out” is the title of a song by The Smiths. It has been used by some of the newspapers to describe the spirit evident in the people of Manchester this past week. For us, it was a reminder of the intentions and purposes of God who came amongst us in order that darkness would never prevail.
Let us pray and then work for peace in our world, that the forces of hatred, violence and fear may be pushed back and a new bright day of peace dawn upon the world. History is not predetermined. Love WILL prevail in the end.
“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word (Martin Luther King).
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice” (Martin Luther King)