As theological debates on sexuality and marriage become more and more central, many Christian denominations are being asked to clarify their views.
After the referendum, the tensions run high. The Evangelical Alliance United Kingdom calls to follow the example of Jesus and practise “generosity and love.”
The United Kingdom will leave the EU, after the referendum last week. But the so-called ‘Brexit’ has revealed a divided society in which “reconciliation” is much needed, evangelical Christians believe.
After the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and the 3.7-million signature petition asking to repeat the referendum, there are many debates going on.
“While the UK has voted to leave the EU, the vote has exposed deep disagreement across our nations, cities and regions. The UK is not united”, Steve Clifford, general director of the EAUK said.
“We have entered a time of enormous uncertainty, not only as we renegotiate our relationship with our European neighbours, but also as the governing Conservative party begin the process of selecting our next prime minister. This has to be a time to pray”, he continued.
“As we look to the future the priority must be building unity and modelling reconciliation. We have taken a significant decision and in the coming years many more will need to be taken.”
“Although we have chosen to leave the EU we remain part of Europe and need to remember our responsibilities to support and care for our neighbours. In the months and years to come we have to model with generosity what a difference love and friendship can make.”
“As Christians we follow the Prince of Peace, and we are called to be peacemakers”, Clifford said. The message highlights the high democratic participation, but also denounces “cynical campaigning and honesty marginalised for political gain. Our energies must now be directed towards building bridges within and between communities across the UK.”
“We follow a redeemer who reconciles, and we are called to the ongoing work of reconciliation. In our churches and in our neighbourhoods we live and work alongside some who will be celebrating and others who will be disappointed. Reconciliation requires honesty and hard work, it requires that we show respect and openness to those who we disagree with. We cannot ignore the differences that this vote has exposed, but we cannot let the differences define us. Our hands of friendship must do the work that voting cannot.”
“GOD HOLDS THE NATIONS IN HIS HANDS”
“We have confidence in God who holds the nations in His hands, who is the creator of all things. We have confidence that though the pundits and pollsters may be flummoxed, God is not fazed.”
Clifford calls to pray “for the UK, for the European Union, and for Europe.” “I’m praying for wisdom for our leaders as they navigate the uncertain waters that lie ahead. I am praying for comfort for those disappointed in the outcome, and I pray that we renew our commitment to work together for the good of all”, the statement closes.
OTHER CHRISTIAN REACTIONS
The Anglican Church also reacted to the outcome of the referendum in similar terms, calling Christians to be “builders of bridges not barriers”.
The European Evangelical Alliance had called all European Christians to pray for the political decision.
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