Reblog: This Must Not Stand

I have not really known what to say about the referendum result, but this post from blog The Left Hand of Ehud comes close.

The Left Hand of Ehud: Matt's Bible Blog

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Look, this isn’t about Politics-with-a-capital-P: there was a referendum, small majority voted to leave the EU, we have to manage what happens next. That’s just how democracy works. And markets will eventually stabilise, deals will be reached and things will come together like a lucky drunk fumbling his way round a jigsaw.

But this is a Bible blog, and so it’s at least partly about politics-with-a-small-p, because how we think about God will mould have we think about people and society and laws and how we live together. And the church can’t help but find itself in the middle of that messiness, because the church is made up of people that form communities, and right now there are scared people out there.

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Apparently instances of racial abuse have risen 57% since last Friday. Regardless of the rights and wrongs of Brexit, it seems like a spectre has been unleashed, or…

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Things Politick

The whole notion of faction or party was thought by many to be wrong and unpatriotic. For an independent MP to arrive at the House of Commons, speak up for his constituency, vary his vote and mix it with all of the parties was therefore perfectly normal. 

~ William Wilberforce: Life of the Great Anti-Slave-Trade Campaigner

by William Hague

Strange, isn’t it, how things change? From widespread slavery and votes for rich males only, but without factionism, to the 21st century votes for all but with factions deeply entrenched. I don’t think we have figured out democracy, even now. As Churchill reportedly said, democracy is just the least worst option. As followers of Jesus, the process of democracy must never become more than, or equal to, our desire for God. No political party or faction will ever be able to represent Christ. I guess we – prayerfully – stick with this ‘least worst’ attitude towards governance. I write with both the UK’s impending referendum on whether or not we stay in the European Union and the imminent US general election in mind.

Incidentally, what an inspiring man of faith was William Wilberforce! And William Hague (yes, that William Hague) writes surprisingly well.