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General Secretary Lynn Green called Baptist congregations across Britain to set time aside to pray for our nation as they meet for worship in the coming days. Commending a prayer reflection published in the wake of the EU referendum result, she stressed the place which faith communities have in building wholesome and healthy communities and being an influence for good. The Revd Green stated:
"In recent days the issue of EU membership has become attached to many alarmist and divisive narratives - it is important that these are not allowed to take root on the basis of this decision. The pattern of voting has also suggested some significant divergences of view across our nation. It is important to recognise that in most communities, the result was quite close and attitudes are not as polarised as some would suggest. We cannot deny that some people have used this referendum to express broader discontent. As those who are committed to God's Kingdom, we would recognise shortcomings and injustices both within our own nation and the European Union. However, these will only be addressed by people coming together in common accord, and by rejecting narratives that would entrench and divide them.
Our nation is now faced with significant uncertainty, not least in the light of the Prime Minister's statement of his intention to resign. Our Christian faith reminds us that God's purposes have prevailed well beyond the Kingdoms, empires and political unions of this world. We have the potential to be a prophetic peaceful presence within our communities, and a responsibility to promote narratives of justice, hope and Common Good."
A brief reflection and prayer is available from the Joint Public Issues team website which can be downloaded and used by churches.
Click here to read Lynn's open letter to the European Baptist Federation in response to the EU Referendum.