A blustering, blasting Boris stepped up to the podium outside 10 Downing Street. Like the MPs in Parliament earlier in the day, the necessary tribute was given to Theresa May, although they and he had been instrumental in her downfall. Then he let go with both barrels, and love him or hate him, you have to say it was a rousing performance, full of promises of decision and action. Clearly unafraid to step on people’s toes, he has had a radical clear out of cabinet and off we go. We are not as Christian people called to agree with Boris – and I would suggest that there are many issues on which we cannot agree – but we are called on to pray for him and his government. ‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.’ 1Timothy 2:1-2. This could be interpreted as being passive and submitting to whatever the government does for the sake of a peaceful life. This plus Paul’s teaching in Romans 13 and the teaching of 1 Peter 2 has been used to abuse positions of power both within and outside the church. Christians from New Testament times onwards have not seen these passages as commands to submit whatever the circumstances. If that had been the case, Christian faith would have died out long ago.

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