7th June 2019

Public Opinion

“Tell the nations, ‘The Lord rules! Yes, he set the world firmly in place; it won’t be shaken. He will judge all people fairly.’”
Psalm 96:10-13 (CEB)

We live in a time of uncertainty. Today is the day that Theresa May is stepping down as the leader of the Conservative party and we will likely have a new UK Prime Minister in a matter of weeks. There is little doubt that public opinion has been against her. Perhaps sometimes it was unfair, and at other times it seemed justifiable. Let’s remember to pray for her as she comes to terms with her stepping down.

I am reminded of a time when public opinion was unjustifiably against our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Jesus was rejected and sentenced to death by the court of public opinion. He was sarcastically crowned as ‘king of the Jews’ and the Roman Governor Pilate, despite knowing he had done no wrong, ordered him to be executed by crucifixion to appease the Jewish crowds and leaders.

Yet, as Christians we know that this was not the end. We do not worship a Lord who is subject to the political will of the electorate. We worship the living God, who created the Heavens and the Earth. On the Day of Pentecost after the sacrifice of Jesus, he sent ‘another comforter’ – the Holy Spirit who helps us in our weakness. Romans 8:14-39 tell us that although creation was subjected to frustration, through God’s Spirit we have the hope that we will be set free and “brought into the glorious freedom of God’s children…that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We look forward to the time when Christ will return in glory, when everyone and all things will know that he is King. In Psalm 96 the Psalmist speaks of this hope: “Let heaven celebrate! Let the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it roar! Let the countryside and everything in it celebrate! Then all the trees of the forest too will shout out joyfully before the Lord because he is coming! He is coming to establish justice on the earth! He will establish justice in the world rightly. He will establish justice among all people fairly.” (Psalm 96:10-13).

Prayer
Father, God who is in charge of all things, thank you for the Spirit of truth that we remember at this time. Guide our nation’s leaders as they steer through perilous times. Give them wisdom and hope for the future. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Gavin Henderson

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