The European Union (EU) is a secularist insurance policy for a God-rejecting nation. The issue of Britain’s membership transcends mere politics and is about God’s purposes for a fallen world and for the arrangement of human societies. It is about our destiny as a people. What are we trusting in for our security and well-being?
When Britain joined the Common Market in 1973, it was a nation afflicted by economic crises and industrial turmoil. Edward Heath had to declare no less than 5 states of emergency during his premiership. The God-rejecting ‘permissive society’, much promoted by TV and the media generally, was also transforming the culture and destroying the nation’s Christian identity. The doctrines of cultural Marxism (i.e. political correctness) were being so widely propagated that most people would soon simply lose the will to resist.
So as Britain voted to remain in the EEC in 1975, it was in the context of a society deliberately abandoning the decency and wholesomeness of a Bible-imbued culture. The UK had become a nation despising itself and its history, and believing that the problems of the world were primarily a legacy of a nasty imperialist past.
Labour disputes and numerous strikes were also crippling British industry at this time. The Protestant work ethic had become no more than a piece of historical quaintness. In short, Britain was in such a dejected and degenerate condition that it was ripe for a retreat into the arms of a foreign alliance, in the vain hope that there would be safety in numbers.
Therefore we resorted to Europe for survival, precisely because the concept of trusting in the Almighty who governs the nations had become beyond a God-rejecting people’s comprehension. Our country no longer understood the Biblical teaching that national prosperity is a function of obedience to the Trinitarian God.
Our nation today must honour the 2016 Referendum result and leave the EU completely, on World Trade Organisation terms and with no sovereignty-denying strings attached, such as are represented by the ‘backstop’ arrangement of the November 2018 Withdrawal Agreement.
We must leave this secular alliance, which has refused to make any distinct reference to Christianity in its constitution. The preamble to the Lisbon Treaty merely states that the Union “draws inspiration from the cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of Europe”. What a stark contrast to the British constitutional position whereby, through the 1688 Coronation Oath Act, the Queen receives a Bible in her hand and promises to govern according to its precepts.
What Britain today desperately needs to hear and to embrace is the Christian gospel of salvation from sin, because it is righteousness before God which alone can exalt a nation (Proverbs 14:34). Britain must also leave the EU in order to uphold the God-ordained institutions of nationhood and controlled borders (Deuteronomy 19:14, Deuteronomy 32:8, Acts 17:26).
May the Lord be pleased to return this nation to the fear of Him, and to trusting in Him alone for national security and prosperity; and may many in our land turn as individuals in repentance and faith to the only Saviour of sinners, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor Peter Simpson, Penn Free Methodist Church, www.realchristianity.org