Week beginning: 29th November, 2015
By Mark Mullins | London
"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."Isaiah 8:20 (KJV)
At the Coronation, Her Majesty undertook to maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel. Being a Constitutional Monarchy it is the responsibility of Parliament and not the Queen herself, to do this. However, over recent years we have seen a bewildering erosion of laws based on biblical values brought about by successive governments.
As lawyers we see the results at first hand with broken families, increasing confusion about sexual identity, the ever present pressure to bring in assisted suicide, not to mention the rise of lawlessness and violence in the land. While those responsible for this erosion are regarded as liberal and enlightened by the media this verse reminds us that they have no light. They have forgotten that godly laws exalt a nation.
Let us pray for all those who are in authority both in the executive and judiciary that they might appreciate that "the entrance of thy words giveth light" (Psalm 119:130). That light shows us that every human being is on the broad way and that leads to eternal destruction (conscious torment forever) but that by repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins, we might turn off that road to the narrow way that leads to eternal life.
As we approach Christmas, let us pray for all Christians in Parliament and the law to be bold in proclaiming the "…true Light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world" (John 1:9) and that as a result we might see a return to those godly laws and the profession of the Gospel which we are all powerfully reminded of in the Oath.
1. Specifically for your own Member of Parliament today – that they may be guided by biblical principles in their approach to the work they have been given.
2. For the judiciary, that they would uphold Christian principles within the law.
3. For opportunities to speak with others about the need for faith in Christ. Consider who you might be able to invite to a Carol Service near you.