UK - EU One of Humanity’s Greatest Achievements

Arno Froese

The European Union has been “the greatest dream realized for human beings since the fall of the Western Roman Empire,” the Archbishop of Canterbury said.

In an address delivered to the General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) in Serbia, he described how it had “brought peace, prosperity, compassion for the poor and weak, purpose for the aspirational, and hope for all its people.”

While offering reassurance that Brexit would not “bring about the downfall of Europe,” he cautioned against complacency: “The fact that Christianity survived in Europe does not indicate that it is indestructible, but that God protects the Church that he created and loves.” The Church must “speak truth to the societies that it sees around it, and act in a way that is consistent with the truth it speaks.”

The theme of the conference, held this year in Novi Sad and attended by 500 church representatives, was: “You shall be my witnesses—exploring the Christian values of justice, witness and hospitality.”

The CEC is a fellowship of 116 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican, and Old Catholic Churches from across Europe, and has recently relocated its offices to Brussels. Writing before the Assembly, the moderator of the planning committee, Canon Leslie Nathaniel, Chaplain of St Thomas Becket’s, Hamburg, sought to draw attention to the Conference’s success in lobbying the EU, including a guarantee of “the exclusive competence of member states for determining the legal framework for state-church-relations.”

A unified body was vital, he argued: “If CEC did not exist, it would have to be invented, since Churches will need to be in ecumenical dialogue and speak with a united voice in order to shape European policies and legislation.”, 5 June 2018

Arno's commentary

That the European Union is an amazing achievement cannot be argued. One must keep in mind that only three-quarters of a century ago, Europe was embroiled in the most devastating war the world has ever known: the Second World War. Going back in history, there have been innumerable wars between various empires, kingdoms, and tribes throughout the continent. Today, however, war is all but out of the question. Economic integration is the adhesive that holds the Union together, even more so the whole world. Merchandising is king, and factories all over the world are producing products at a rate never before in history.

In this case, however, it’s a religious issue. We certainly agree with the Archbishop of Canterbury: “God protects the church that He created and loves.” However, He also builds the Church, as He clearly stated: “I will build my church.” That is totally independent of any political or economic circumstances. The Church Jesus is building is His body, and multitudes of souls are being added to that organism continuously. That Church does not influence or shape political policies, but prepares and yearns for the coming of Jesus Christ the Lord.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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