There is one week to go until this prayer task completes and I would have prayed for this country for exactly 6 months. How time flies when considering the works of God and becoming obedient to his still small voice deep within. I have to say this time has not been without its difficulties and challenges along the way. Sometimes life throws a few curved balls in your direction and it is with some inbuilt resilience learned from previous experiences that causes us to grow and have more of an emotional capacity to hold.
There is only one surety in this life and that is, our God is a fair, strong, resourceful and permanent fixture of safety. When things have become unpleasant and uncomfortable there is that overwhelming feeling and sense that nothing can harm us. I often wonder how people can survive without knowing there is a God that so loved the world he gave his one and only son to take the place of our sin and become the sin of the world. Jesus took the place for me personally and eradicated sin from existence; my past, present and future sin wiped clean. As some have mistakenly thought this is a licence to sin and in one respect it is but there are consequences of sin and this is not wiped away. I like to think that this is a licence to live a life of gratitude and not to be weighed down by mistakes I make because my God loves me unconditionally.
I pray that the church can wake up to this exciting reality and learn to listen to his still small voice and become active and ready to action his will for our lives and this country. I pray that the stories within us placed there by God can be played out in love and acceptance so that His will can be furthered so that we will be a nation that will lead the next move of God in this world.
On November 2nd 1917 Sir Arthur James Balfour, the foreign secretary in Lloyd George’s Liberal government, sent the completed draft of what has become known as the Balfour Treaty to Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, a British banker, zoologist and Zionist activist who, along with Zionists Chaim Weizmann and Nahum Sokolow, helped draft the declaration much as lobbyists today draft bills for legislators to submit. As such, the declaration was in line with European Zionist leaders’ hopes and designs for a homeland in Palestine, Rothschild and others believed would be realized through intense immigration of Jews around the world to Palestine.
The Declaration was controversial from the start, and chiefly due to its own imprecise and contradictory wording. The imprecision and contradictions were, however, deliberate—an indication of the wiliness of Lloyd George’s government, which did not want to be on the hook for the fate of Arabs and Jews in Palestine.
The Declaration did not refer to Palestine as the site of the Jewish homeland, but that of a Jewish homeland. That left Britain’s commitment to an independent Jewish nation very much open to question. That opening was exploited by subsequent interpreters of the Declaration, who claimed that it was never intended as an endorsement of a uniquely Jewish state. Rather, that Jews would establish a homeland in Palestine alongside Palestinians and other Arabs established there for almost two millennia.
The second part of the Declaration — that “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities” — has been read by Arabs as an endorsement of Arab autonomy and rights, an endorsement believed to be as valid as that proffered on behalf of Jews. Britain would, in fact, exercise its League of Nations mandate over Palestine to protect Arab rights, at times at the expense of Jewish rights. But Britain’s role never ceased to be fundamentally contradictory.
It is this contradiction that I believe has caused the curse on our nation mentioned in Genesis 12:3. The British aligned themselves with the Arab nations in return for oil due to the need we had as a nation. There was a lack of belief in a God that can bless beyond human understanding. It is this lack of belief that I also feel has opened the door in this country to Islam. Islam has gained a foothold in this nation because of the above facts outlined. I pray earnestly for our nation to fall in repentance and for those in government to have a God given revelation of His power and might so that we as a nation can become the country He intended for His purposes.
Wounded group stories are what we all either carry around or have carried around at some point in our life. As a white English male I am historically and vicariously responsible for the trauma that our political ancestors caused within the world. As an individual I have a story that is mine alone and then I have and am part of a wider story that; which is being white and English and therefore part of the bigger picture. It is this bigger picture that most people refuse to accept as theirs to own as part of the wider problem within the world. The atrocities that were carried out in the name of God and King in earlier centuries is partly mine to own and respond to in a manner that is befitting Kingdom living.
I continue to pray that those in government will see the bigger picture and know that we are collectively responsible for the deeds of yester-century. I am convinced that relationships between different cultures and ethnicities within our country could be better served if we took the time to understand our own past histories. As I have mentioned recently, the land we live in is scarred by the behaviour of its inhabitants. A fact I discovered only last week in Dr Russ Parker’s superb book ‘Healing Wounded Histories’ was that the murder of Jamie Bulger in Liverpool in 1993 was an almost identical murder of a small child in the very same area a hundred years before. No coincidence after you realise that the spirit of the behaviour causes spiritual strongholds over an area. The one thing that can break this repetition of history is to learn how to research the story of our neighbourhoods and country and learn to forgive and receive the apologies of others.
I pray for understanding of grace and mercy for a society that needs the love and forgiveness of a loving and righteous God.
I’m just back from a week in sun soaked Turkey on the south Aegean coast. It was 40+ degrees with not a cloud in the sky absolutely blissful. It brought home to me that there is no distance in prayer and that wherever I am I can relate to my God for something that I don’t even have to be around or near.
While I was away something that came to mind was the amount of people who have had a bad press for saying or believing in something that no one else could see at the time. For some they were castigated by people who misunderstood the words that were being spoken. The one person on my mind currently is Enoch Powell. This was a man whose intellect was far above most others within politics at the time. He was a professor of Greek and Roman literature and used Roman symbolism to make a point in what has become know as the “rivers of blood speech” which incidentally was a left wing slur on a point they simply could not understand. The term I have used above was the same one used to accuse Enoch Powell of being a racist which he never was. Enoch Powell was against immigration for the same reasons that it is bringing our country to its knees now. He was a man who I would have no regret calling a prophet because everything that we are now experiencing he foretold back in 1957 and again publicly in his Birmingham speech in 1968 that we would suffer as a nation if the Labour party’s Race Relations bill came into force. Powell later said that if he had quoted Virgil in the original Latin; said of the River Tiber phrase that came to distinguish the speech he would not have caused such a fuss which ultimately ended his political career. Powell warned that if the bill came into force “the immigrant community would agitate and campaign against their fellow citizens”. Powell said in his Birmingham speech “As I look ahead I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see “the river Tiber foaming with much blood.” The allusion was to Sibyl’s prophecy in Book VI of Virgil’s Aeneid about Aeneas’s return to Rome: “I see wars, horrible wars, and the Tiber foaming with much blood.” The problem was that no-one in his political audience understood the classical content and so threw themselves into panic and so labelled Powell a relentless racist. A label still held by those in ignorance.
Mr Enoch Powell was a giant among politicians and 14 years after his death he was right about so much. He was right about Europe, he was right about economic management; right about Lord’s reform; right about devolution; right about American imperialism; and with Trevor Phillips the figurehead of the equalities commission, now arguing that multiculturalism has failed, right about that too.
Incidentally, anyone who thinks Enoch Powell was a racist could never have known how much he loved the Indian continent and the people. He lived there for 5 years spoke fluent Punjabi and Urdu and often said he would have loved to have died there. Sound like a racist to you?
I will be out of the country now until the 18th June so I will be continuing in my thoughts and intercession for our nation and will update you on my return.
I feel sure there are many people who have gone to the grave with the same dream in their heart that God placed there before they were born. The dream lies unfulfilled in the grave with the dream untouched and undeveloped and so having no effect on society or any person. That has to be one of the saddest things imaginable for the dream inside us never to be recognised nor have the potential to change the world in which we live. If the dream lies untouched but recognised then I fear that is something we would have to answer to God for because a dream is a gift and the fulfilling of it is the gratitude I believe God expects of his children.
I feel passionate about people recognising their dreams and for them to have the potential in catching the gift and turning it to Gold for His glory to be fulfilled in our lives. I also think nations are given dreams and this is a concept the world struggles to understand. The dream given to this nation is of a nation given to destiny that shares the gospel to the world. I think this has been partially fulfilled thus the reason we are blessed as a nation. I also feel there are times when we have got things terribly wrong and this is the reason I feel that we are struggling as a nation. The reason being that those in power and authority were given a mandate to facilitate a homeland to the Jewish nation and we failed God in this simple yet unfathomable politically complex task that sent over 2 million Jews to their deaths during World War II.
Why and how we got it wrong is understandable with a human viewpoint. Instead of trusting God we chose to build relationships with those that could give us oil. After the great wars had ended we were a nation that was broken and in pain, we needed to feel strong and we needed sustenance. We chose to believe that which we could see and understand with our own eyes.
I make it sound so simple and on one level it is; when things are so bad I can relate to not being able to trust God but with the more things God makes good in my life the more faith I have to trust Him for the next big thing. I pray for our nation to depend and relate to God in such a way that we will once again find our place in the vanguard of His desires to fulfil our eternal destiny that will change nations for Him.
In the landmark case of Engels v. Vitale in 1962 in the USA the supreme court made a decision to prohibit the start of a school day with prayer. For 15 years before 1963 pregnancies in girls ages 15 to 19 years had been no more than 15 per thousand. After 1963 pregnancies increased 187% in the next 15 years. For younger girls, ages 10 to 14 pregnancies since 1963 are up 553% and before 1963 sexually transmitted diseases among students were 400 per 100,000. Since 1963, they were up 226% in the next 12 years.
Before 1963 divorce rates had been declining for 15 years. After 1963 divorces increased 300% each year for the next 15 years and since 1963 unmarried people living together is up 353%, since 1963 single parent families are up 140%. Since 1963 single parent families with children are up 160%.
The educational standard of measure has been the SAT scores. SAT scores had been steady for many years before 1963. From 1963 they rapidly declined for 18 consecutive years, even though the same test has been used since 1941. In 1974-75 the rate of decline of the SAT scores decreased, even though they continued to decline. That was when there was an explosion of private religious schools. There were only 1000 Christian schools in 1965. Between 1974 to 1984 they increased to 32,000. That could have an impact if the private schools had higher SAT scores. In checking with the SAT Board it was found that indeed the SAT scores for private schools were nearly 100 points higher than state schools. In fact the scores were at the point where the state schools had been before their decline started in 1963 when prayer and Bible reading or instruction was removed from the schools.
Since 1963 violent crime has increased 544%. Illegal drugs have become an enormous & uncontrollable problem. The nation has been deprived of an estimated 30 million citizens through legal abortions just since 1973.
I have highlighted above the issues surrounding a country when prayer is taken out of the equation on a national level. The above relates only to the USA but if we consider that our country has also fallen to levels just as significant then it would appear we are in a bit of a pickle. The national anthem which I have to say was a delight to hear so many people singing over the past few days is in fact a prayer. Could it be that so many people refuse to sing this prayer of protection which has caused God to withdraw his hand from protecting our country? I feel there are many such theories to the judgement we are under but it certainly gives food for thought in light of my heart’s desire to see this country in repentance. Our appalling failure to honour God’s people after being given such an important role in facilitating a homeland for the Jewish nation is in my view the biggest common denominator for judgement over this land.