In some ways it is strange that this referrendum were called at all considering how consistently close the polls have shown the result could be.  Maybe tomorrow I will be proved wrong and there will be an overwhelming surge to one direction or another. The problem will be that whatever the result it is highly unlikely that there will a consensus towards one direction or another. This troubles me.

I am speaking in my own personal capacity here and not with any particular authority except as a minister of religion and one charged towards a ministry of reconciliation. Let me say that I am a proud democrat. I will tell no one how to vote and I rather resent clergy who party politicise (note I did say 'party') from the pulpit. I can understand being political on a particular issue, say for example pro-life issues, the environment or the plight of refugees. Even here we have to be careful as preachers not to use up all our armoury. We can only do this so often without dulling the ears of our flock. I sometimes think that too much politicising from the pulpit can betray a frustrated vocation. The pulpit is a privelege. It is an unique, if I use the word, institution.  I speak from there on Sundays but for the rest of the week try and do that much harder task of ..listening. To seek other pulpits I feel is somewhat greedy. Even on social media I will largely look and listen and occasionally, rarely, ad something. 

The referrendum feels to me like a rather bad version of marriage counselling. The damage has been done, the skeltons are out from the cupboards and how on earth are the couple going to build a life together after this? There are in the marriage three parties, the 'Ins',  the 'Outs' and the EU. In either scenario how are we go forward in way that does justice to the future of our next generation. For instance if we get 42% remain and 41% leave on what basis will the 41% feel excited to be part of the next phase? For we cannot just tick along. It is also likely that there will be some political fallout from the two major political parties whatever the result.

I appreciate that this word 'community' has been banged around until it is almost meaningless. But, surely, we have create a deeper level of community and purpose for the nation and our neighbours to flourish? For me as a Christian the basis of such community is the fellowship that God models in Jesus Christ. The 'communion' (ie. the relationships that bind Christians together) that Church is meant to exhibit is there not for its own sake but to help the world find its true humanity. It is vision of what human beings can aspire to be and the high vocation that God has given every one of us. Without this, I foresee that we will remain political tribes arguing over this or that, who has the largest share of the cake. It will all be dressed in human right and noble ideals but be nothing less than shallow commercialism.