by Jayne Ozanne, Editor of ViaMedia.News
So which way will you vote in the Great Debate over Brexit? We have had a host of senior figures “coming out” on both sides of the debate, keen to sway our thinking by being the voice of someone we can trust.
Sadly though, it seems that trust is at an all-time low. As “facts and figures” from both sides get spun and counter spun, there is a growing sense of disease amongst the Great British Public. Who should we listen to? Whose opinion really counts? Do they have ulterior motives and if so, what are they?
On Thursday 23rd June 2016 the nation will go to vote on one of its most important decisions since, arguably, the vote in 1975.
So how will you decide?
I would suggest that we will each, ultimately, “trust out gut”. We will either “feel that we are part of the European Union” and want to work out the concerns we have “from the inside”; or we will “feel that we are distinctly different from the European Union” and want to be free to “travel our own course”.
Both roads have their pros and cons, both definitely have their unquantifiable risks and pitfalls. All of us will be voting for what we believe will create a better future, all of us will be keen to do so because of what we believe to be “true”.
Our “gut reaction” is incredibly powerful, and is formed over time by such a wide range of inputs it’s normally impossible for us to chart the course that brought us to the place we find ourselves. Often there is one key encounter or article (or Bible passage) that we’ve read that stands out above all others, but equally frequently it’s a view we’ve just “imbibed over time” due to the normative view of those around us.
It’s interesting to reflect on how we, as Christians, come to these gut reactions – especially when we feel they are inspired by the Holy Spirit. Many talk of a “knowing” within their Spirit, which can be so powerful and strong that it means that we become determined that we “are right”.
That is why the Bible always cautions us to have a “humble and contrite” heart. Might we actually be wrong? Might the certainty that we “know” be formed on false premises, no matter how sincerely believed?
So is it right to “trust our gut”? Yes, I believe so – but with the humility to accept that we might still encounter further truths that might in time challenge us to change our views.