Friday, 17 June 2016


A Christian Perspective on the European Union and the Referendum Produced by Intercessors for Britain!

Why we are getting involved and why this booklet? The EU and coming referendum is very important to the nation and its spiritual well-being, which is the key charitable purpose of Intercessors for Britain. Hence we will be taking a line on the referendum, which will be proportionate and appropriate alongside the rest of the work we do. This referendum is a once in a generation event, as I know all too well, having lived under the authority of the EU, yet never had a vote in my lifetime. This booklet is not designed to address all of the endless political and economic arguments with regard to the EU; although it will contain some, it is intended to be a Christian perspective.

While it addresses political issues, it is not intended to give a political opinion, but to look at the current situation and the choice before us, and to seek to understand the issues from a Christian perspective. Citizenship For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20) Paul writing to the church at Philippi, having warned them to beware of the enemies of the cross of Christ and those who set their minds on earthly things, reminds them of this glorious truth: we are citizens of heaven. In Ephesians 2 Paul reminds them that they are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household because God has, in Christ, torn down the dividing wall, making one new man in Christ Jesus. Before all things, we are of the Kingdom of God, citizens of heaven, part of God’s household. Jesus is our Sovereign and our Lord and that is where our loyalties belong. That was true for Jewish believers and Gentile believers in Ephesus, Philippi, Rome, Ethiopia and Jerusalem. Today it is true that we are fellow citizens with many believers from across the EU. We are united and in union with them, through Christ. For this reason some Christians argue that the EU is a good thing - it helps us to be united with our Christian brothers within Europe. In 1993, under the Maastricht Treaty, we all became citizens of the European Union - but what does that actually mean? Before the Maastricht treaty, we all belonged to the continent of Europe.

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