In the wake of the referendum results, Prime Minister David Cameron is resigning after Brexit. Political confusion is at an uproar. Times are shifting.
But will we allow this anxiety to affect our hearts and shake our own lives?
I think it’s significant that during this time, Sadiq Khan is the first elected London Mayor with an ethnic minority background. I think it’s a beautiful thing that we are embracing diversity. London as a capital is recognised as one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. Mayor Khan has a heart for young people. He said before the vote in May,“Let’s make sure our legacy is not closing doors for the next generation.”
According to a Sky News Poll, “Almost half of young people in Britain are not engaged in politics, feel their voices are not heard and do not believe that politicians are addressing their needs.” But recently because of the referendum, we have seen an outpouring of profound engagement in politics from younger people. Demonstrations are being held and interest is being sparked. We are in a season of change.
Sadiq Khan is also the very first Muslim to be elected mayor of a major Western capital. So what does this mean for the spiritual climate of the UK? What can you as a young Christian do?
I believe you can be a reflection of Jesus. In almost every case, the high leaders in this world are searching for more than political power – they have spiritual hunger. We need to love our brothers and sisters of different faiths, yet be bold in what we believe in. Instead of stepping onto your soapbox, you can be a real testimony of your faith in Jesus Christ to others. You may have a friend or colleague who may not know Christ, but you can be a living, breathing example of Jesus to them. Let them see the fruit of your life. For it is the Holy Spirit that ultimately draws men to Christ. John 6:44 says “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him.”
Division is never the answer. After Brexit, we need to be seeking unity more than ever before. The UK was nearly split in two during the vote. Across the pond there has also been some clashes between presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Mayor Khan, concerning Muslim immigration issues. And with the tragic death of former MP Jo Cox, Khan said, “One of the phrases she used in her maiden speech is that we have more in common than divides us…hope defeats fear, unity defeats vision, hashtag London has risen.”
During this time we need to be seeking healing.
You may have your own personal shaking going on in your life. Maybe you’re anxious about studies, family or work issues. Don’t worry. God’s word reminds us to be unmoved and unshaken. “Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever” (Psalm 125:1).
Cover our leaders with prayer. What soldier goes to war on his own expense? (1 Cor. 9:7). Scripture directs us to pray for our leaders. “Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2). Pray for stability in any areas of uncertainty and for anxiety to cease. Pray for those that are making vital decisions in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Pray for our new future Prime Minister, that God would intervene and direct this great nation with His hand.
London is a thriving city. A city full of vibrant life, with all races, religions and backgrounds. But I heard it once questioned,“What is your spiritual accent?”
When you are with your friends and colleagues, do they hear an accent of faith? Or do they hear doubt and unbelief? Fear? We are living in times of shaking, but let’s have an accent of faith and show the world which Kingdom we belong to.
I will end with a thought from Martin Luther King Jr:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”