The smoke of battle clears, the fake news recedes somewhat, the empty promises of politicians begin to be seen for what they are, and the country settles down to being governed – if the media will deign to permit such a thing to happen. And as the fog of confusion that was deliberately spread across the face of the General Election is partially blown away we can see one thing standing clear and proud amidst the detritus and the waste left behind by the squabbling parties. The sovereignty of God, and His powerful hand at work.

Who will prove vital to sensible government of our nation? To whom do the Conservative Party have to go for the support that they need? It is to our Christian brothers and sister who were elected as MPs for the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland. As I attended a count on election night, as the news came in of what was taking place as votes were counted and results declared, I prayed to the Lord that he might enlighten us as to how we were to respond to the situation that was unfolding, and what His purpose was in the events. He answered me then, directing my attention to the DUP, and he answered me the following morning when I finally emerged from my necessary lie-in (Richmond Park & North Kingston went to a recount!). He has placed those who profess Christian faith in a position of enormous responsibility in the governing of our country. And because they are Christians we must hope and pray that this means that Christ, and our faith in Him, will also be elevated to a position of greater visibility.

We must pray that this presages some hope in this world, at this time, as well as that ‘lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead’ (1 Peter 1) which means we look forward in confidence to what lies beyond this world. I urge all who read this to pray for them, for their perseverance in faith, and for their courage in standing for the truth of that faith. And I urge all to pray to God with thanksgiving for showing that He is indeed, our Sovereign and Providential Lord. In Jesus’ name we should pray, for the glory of God.

Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God.

Psalm 146:1-5