(Bible quotations are from the NIV unless otherwise stated)
The wind of change
23rd February 2013
When the recent vote in Parliament to take the same-sex "marriage" bill forward was passed, I finally came to the realisation that the church in England can't save England from its sin and blindness. And I had a distinct sense that the same thing was happening all over the country. Christians (and others) were giving up on the idea that Christian values - God-given values - could be preserved in our country. And then I had a second distinct sense - that God breathed a sigh of relief. At last the English church has finally stopped thinking that we can save our country! Now we realise that only God can save England from its mistakes.
At that moment, I realised (many years later than I should have) that I'm not praying enough for England. And nor, I suspect, is the English church as a whole.
Of course we should speak the truth (humbly and respectfully) at all times. Of course we should campaign against same-sex "marriage", abortion on demand, and the idea that some sins are no longer sins because we've become a "liberal" society. Or rather, for the sanctity of real, God-given marriage, for the safety of unborn children, and for godly morality. But firstly, we must do so in a Christian way and, secondly, our efforts won't be enough. Only God can turn England around. But He most certainly can, and I believe He will! And we should make prayer a higher priority than politics.
I recently heard a prophecy. It went something like this: "Unfurl your sails! I will send the wind of my Holy Spirit to blow on this country again.". Of course, we've heard plenty of optimistic prophecies before, but I found that this prophecy went straight into my heart. I found that I believe it! I believe God is going to send His Holy Spirit to England again soon. I believe that the tide is turning (to mix my metaphors). And I believe that the most important thing we can do now is to pray.
People are going to meet at our church from 8:00 am to 9:00 am on the first Saturday of each month, to pray for our nation. It's not enough, but it's a start. Perhaps your church could do something similar?
God is on the move again.