11 November 2019 | Grantham. UK
Pastor David Neal, editor of the British Union Messenger, reflects on war, peace, Brexit, and control. This piece first appeared in the 8 November editon of Messenger.
Who’s in control?
Although my parents have often shared memories of living as young children in Birmingham during World War 2, my generation has little idea of how terrifying at times the years between 1939 and 1945 must have been. To say that all wars are terrible is an understatement, but this war (involving much of the world) was against the fascist dictator Adolf Hitler and his allies, who believed, among other things, in the superiority of one race over another. Hitler had to be stopped in his bid to destroy the freedoms which today we give not a second thought.
It is understandable, then, that the post-war years saw European leaders come together with the best of intents to ensure that this evil should never happen again. In simple terms they believed that political and economic security would best be secured through what was known in the mid-1970s as the ‘Common Market’. For seventy-five years Europe has been at peace, notwithstanding the genocide in the Balkans during the 1990s. In European history – compile a list of its wars – it’s long. On the other hand, seventy-five years of peace is in reality a very short time.
However, forces were at work, particularly in France, Germany and the Benelux countries, to create a pathway towards a federalist political union. Due to the disillusionment of people towards the European political elites, this ambition seems to have passed its peak. Nowhere was this more resisted than in Britain, resulting in Brexit. Be assured, the aim of this editorial is not to give an opinion about the merits of ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’, but to try to explain its significance through the lens of the prophetic word.