8th December 2016

The Other EU

“…that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
John 17:21 (ESV)

Friday 24 June 2016 dawned with the news that the UK had voted to leave the European Union (EU). And a new word entered the vocabulary – Brexit. The result had been a surprise for many people throughout the world, and a certain amount of turmoil and uncertainty followed the referendum. To some degree that confusion continues as the United Kingdom government seeks to find the best strategy to leave the EU.

But no matter how those negotiations progress and what ‘deals’ are struck over the next few years, Christians can be sure of one thing, there is a better EU to which we belong – the Eternal Union with our Father and Christ our brother.

Why do I phrase it like that? Well, the words Thou our Father and Christ our Brother are contained in a well-known hymn that details the reassurance that comes through a relationship with the Godhead. The Hymn of Joy, a poem written in 1907 by Henry van Dyke and set to music in the famous Ode to Joy melody of Ludwig van Beethoven’s final symphony, number 9, is the national anthem for the European Union. And yet the words of that hymn, now called Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee – contain words that show that the real union that humankind can enjoy – both in Europe and beyond – is not politically based, but rather relies on the will of the Godhead.

Consider the line Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man. That’s a union that really works. Or how about Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day? Only God can provide immortality, and being in union with God provides ‘light’ to the path we should lead in this life. In fact, all four verses (you can search for the words online) are a jubilant celebration of our relationship with God the Father and Christ our Brother.

These very positive thoughts contrast with the uncertainty that now surrounds the United Kingdom’s relationship with the other countries. Treaties come and treaties go in this world, but the one that was established before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8) ensures all mankind can have a relationship – a union – with God. And that means we can look forward to the future with a positive, yes, joyful, attitude.

Dear Father, thankfully your kingdom is not of this world, and we know the union with you is only made possible by the selfless sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We thank you that our future is in your hands – not in treaties made by humans. It is in our Brother’s name we pray.

Study by Philip Stevens


About the Author: philip Stevens
Philip Stevens attends the Great Baddow Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK (near Chelmsford).

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Great Baddow
United Reformed Church
High Street
Great Baddow

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 01508-498165
Email: tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk

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