Well for now, we’re still in the Euros, sadly for the home nations teams a Brexit will probably soon take place. OK we’ve got the football out of the way, the other big issue up for grabs is the EU Referendum. The 23rd of June is nearly here. For weeks now our news feeds on social media, in the papers and the TV have been filled with Boris v Dave et al and also through the post we’ve been bombarded with mail, both sides claiming to have the right answer for Britain’s future. Personally I’m still undecided.
One thing I do know come Friday morning little will have changed. And very little will change for the persecuted church. Whatever the outcome persecution against those who share our faith but not our freedom will still be hitting hard. Christians will still be on blacklists and hunted in North Korea; if discovered sent to Nazi style concentration camps. Christians will still be targeted and viciously attacked by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria. Christians will still be living in uncertainty and with very little hope in Iraq and Syria. Little will change for Christians whose liberty, livelihoods and loved ones are snatched from them. One thing can change though, whatever happens on Thursday, more of us can choose to speak up for the persecuted.
Around the world the church is on its knees, battered, broken, but not abandoned, not forgotten, because you and I will make a choice to turn up the volume, to not remain silent.
In times like these it’s hard to know how to pray. So join me in praying the prayer Jesus taught his followers, The Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.