We’re in a crisis as a nation. At least that’s what all today’s newspapers tell us!
The issue is trust. Not Brexit. Trust.
We all have different ideas as to our utopian nation. But we’re jaded. No longer trusting those we voted for.
Someone once said that when trust is broken it’s incredibly hard to repair. And that’s what has happened.
We had two sets of ideas at the Referendum. Each side exaggerated. But the winning vote is the one under the microscope. And some of the ‘facts’ turned out to be lies.
We have a Tory party in disarray. No longer governing; a lack of trust between factions within it has created crisis.
We have an opposition party with a weak leader who has allowed the extremists within to override common sense, resulting in some of the best MPs leaving.
We have a lack of trust in Europe. We’ve been so unclear in our dealings, even if we turned around and said we wanted to stay in Europe, it would take a long time for trust to be restored.
We all know this feeling. We’ve all experience it at one time or another in our lives. People we trusted let us down, betrayed us, spoke against us. It happens in the workplace. It happens with friends and family.
For us personally, last year was one of broken trust. Lies were gossiped and as a result of others believing it, we had to leave friends we had worked with for nearly 20 years. It’s hard to come back to a place of trust. But we are grateful for one overriding answer: Others may not be faithful, but God always is.
We’ve found that to be true for us personally. And that’s my prayer for our nation.
In the darkest of times, our nation has turned to God. When there is a lack of leadership. When there is a surfeit of false political answers. When there are too many false escapes from the world around us, whether that be drink, drugs, entertainment or other distractions.
It’s not taught in our schools, but we live in a land of revivals. A land that has regularly put its trust in God. A land that in the past, has declared Jesus to be the way, the truth and the life. We can trust.
My prayer for the Prime Minister (and I’m not sure who that will be over the next few days) is that he or she will trust. Trust in God.
‘But as for me, I have trusted in your gracious love.’ Psalm 13:5