The EU referendum has come and gone and the decision has been made. The people have chosen; the UK should leave the European Union. Like every other decision reached after a vote, there has been reactions from both within and outside the UK. The aspect that is interesting for the purpose of this piece is the position of those who did not take a position at all.
Statistics have shown that 36% of young people (18 – 24) voted in the EU referendum. 64% could not be bothered. It is believed that if these people were to vote, the outcome would have been different. Ironically, many of young voters across the country are lamenting the fact that the ‘older folk’ voted the country out of Europe and that they are the ones who would bear the fallout of the effects.
Apart from the young people, there others who did not vote for the following reasons;
“I did not think my vote would count”
“I was not sure what the whole EU thing was all about”
“I did not know enough to make a decision”
“I just couldn’t be bothered to vote”
I love to derive faith lessons from real live events. The EU referendum taught me a few things.
- The Christian walk begins with a choice. Recognising the fact that you need Jesus in your life, repenting of your sins and receiving His free gift of eternal life.
(i) Romans 3: 23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. There is no exception, no middle-ground here. If all have sinned, then no one is righteous, no, not one. (Romans 3:10)
(ii) Romans 10: 9- 10 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved”. This is an act that follows the decision. After the results of the referendum, a flurry of actions have followed. The PM stepped down, a new PM came into office. A new cabinet has appointed. You cannot make a decision, without following it with an action.
(iii) John 14-6: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This is probably one of the strongest, unequivocal pronouncements Jesus made. It removes the possibility of a middle ground. There is no going around it, going under it or going over it. If you want to go to the Father, you need to go through the only way available, and that is Jesus.
- The Christian life continues with daily choices. Luke 9:23 ‘Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”’. In order to be a disciple of Christ, we must be willing to give up something for the sake of the cross. Many Christians in other countries are paying the ultimate sacrifice as they stand for the defence of the gospel. We may never face what these people are constantly being faced with but we must be willing to give up everything for His sake, or else we cannot be His disciples.
As we continue our walk with the Lord, let us walk in the knowledge that there is no middle-ground when it comes to serving Him. We either trust or we don’t. Every action is either a sinful one or not.
How do we know that we are making the right choices? By studying His word, believing what He says and walking in it.