Off we go
The Blogger is leaving on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Far East (Japan), so there will be no posts on 12th, 19th or 26th April.
Just in case any of my readers is connected to the criminal underworld, I should point out that we are not leaving our home unoccupied.
Although the news today makes it slightly less likely, there is a real possibility that by the time we come home, this country will no longer be in the European Union. (I have a small bet on with a family member.)
As regular readers know, I regard leaving the EU, especially without a deal, as a disaster for the nation, and a bad thing also for the rest of the world. Of course I may be wrong.
However, countries have had to cope through history with national disasters of various types, natural, imposed from outside, and self-imposed. Perhaps it’s even our turn.
How should one respond to a national disaster?
Life goes on, at least for some, after the worst disasters – plague, war, invasion, tsunami. Brexit isn’t as bad as that. As a Christian, I have extra reasons not to panic, no matter how concerned I may be.
If/when we do leave, I think it will be distressing for many people. I’m wondering if there’s a place for churches to hold funerals/wakes for British membership of the EU, to enable Remainers to express feelings of anger, grief and fear (as well as celebrating what was good about our membership over the years); but of course the problem is how to do such a thing without implying that Remain is the Proper Christian View, which would be appalling and inappropriate. And maybe I’m exaggerating the pain. The world so far seems to be trundling on fairly normally – I don’t see hysteria in the streets.
I think, if we leave, all of us Remainers will have to:
- Prepare to endure what we don’t like – well, as a longstanding Labour supporter, I’ve had plenty of practice;
- Try to forgive, as I’ve mentioned before;
- Not blame Brexit for absolutely everything;
- Get a move on, now that Brexit is/will be finally done, with averting the even worse disaster that is climate change;
- And… I think it can’t be denied that some of the reasons for some people voting for or promoting Brexit are unkind and unchristian. Therefore we need to maintain with determination the values of Europe and Remain at its best – reject all hatred of the alien and the other, stand up for those who are different, and promote international co operation and generosity. These are values that I think some of the Leave campaign has deliberately or accidentally undermined.
And what both sides will have to do, above all, and go on doing it, is to refuse to use the toxic word “Betray.”
Love and farewell for a bit, from the PPI Blogger