A Visit With The Right Honourable Rishi Sunak

Archbishop Steven Lyn Evans meets The Right Honourable Rishi Sunak

This week I was invited to Conservative Campaign Head Quarters for a private briefing on election strategies. Following the briefing, I was then escorted to number 10 Downing Street and was privileged to meet with our Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Rishi Sunak. In our brief conversation, I was able to speak about the work of TICCN and highlight a couple of our particular areas of interest.

It’s clear to me that through the years TICCN members have enjoyed remarkable favour. As I reflected on this, these words of scripture from Proverbs 3 verses1-4 come to my mind: ‘My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands;  For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man.’

Visiting the Prime Minister was a great honour for me. However, some people are understandably negative regarding politics and politicians. I think President Ronald Reagan’s comical quote hits the mark very well when he said: “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.” President Reagan had a tremendous humour and insight. 

However, the great number of politicians are attempting to do a difficult job with the best of intentions. It’s little wonder that the Bible teaches us repeatedly how believers ought to respond to them. In Romans 13 we read from verses 1-4a: ‘Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good.’

Whoever happens to be in office, whether or not we voted for them, the Bible commands us to give them respect and honor (1 Peter 2:13-17). Further, we have been taught that we should also be praying for them. As I bring this letter to a close let me encourage you to pray from the book of 1 Timothy chapter 2 verses 1-4: ‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.’

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are all really members of the same political party. We are all monarchists who are waiting for their King to return (Revelation 19:11-16). That is the most important thing to remember, Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, is the solution. Until His return, we have been elected (Colossians 3:12; 1 Timothy 5:21; Titus 1:1; 2 John 1, Romans 8:33) as His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20, Ephesians 6:20) to minister the Gospel of His Kingdom.

The work of TICCN supports ministers in both a strategic and practical manner. Into the wider world we offer a Biblical perspective founded on love and faith.

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