Some were not interested in losing their power and corrupt privileges. Others preferred to continue their religious life with a “straw God”.
Our churches should be examples of institutions that serve the common good, that speak out against injustice, and that are led with integrity.
National greatness in God’s eyes is outward focused, and rather than being the object of God’s blessing, any material prosperity was to be seen as an outworking of their obedience to God’s ways.
The danger of deciding on the basis of narrow personal or national self-interest is to overlook a whole range of possible consequences to the other parties in this set of relationships – which could then rebound on us.
Whatever happens in June, Britain will still be part of Europe; we are not voting for the English Channel to become an ocean.