The route to a just and peace­ful so­ci­ety

The Oban Times - - Letters -


The Oban Times’ let­ters page has re­cently car­ried cor­re­spon­dence sug­gest­ing the Brexit vote is some­how con­cur­rent with the will of God.

My sug­ges­tion is that the writ­ers are ac­tu­ally ex­press­ing their own po­lit­i­cal opin­ions and then dress­ing them up as the­ol­ogy.

They should be more aware of this easy temp­ta­tion.

The re­al­ity is that many sin­cere Chris­tians hold dif­fer­ing opin­ions on the is­sue of EU mem­ber­ship. And, while the Church of Scot­land recog­nises this, it has ar­gued for con­tin­ued mem­ber­ship of the EU as this in­sti­tu­tion may well fur­ther mu­tual re­spon­si­bil­ity and co- op­er­a­tion be­tween na­tions.

The point is for peo­ple to find the best way to gov­ern them­selves in peace, with jus­tice, en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity and pros­per­ity shared gen­er­ously.

This king­dom of God’s vi­sion will chal­lenge and test all po­lit­i­cal sys­tems and forms of gov­ern­ment.

The time may come when the peo­ple of Scot­land will have to choose through another in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum whether a just and peace­able so­ci­ety is best achieved within the EU or UK.

Sin­cere and prayer­ful Chris­tians will be on both sides.

God, how­ever, is not neu­tral but bi­ased to­wards the poor, the os­tracised, the bul­lied and the refugee. Prayer­fully, we are to use our God-given in­tel­li­gence to work out the route to a bet­ter so­ci­ety.

It cer­tainly will not be a theoc­racy. Rev Du­gald Cameron, Kil­more and Oban Parish Church.

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