Scotland has a reputation, within Scotland at least, of being an independent nation. And yet, because we’re not, there’s a sense of oppression hanging over us and the nation. And whether that oppression is perceived in the political, cultural, or spiritual realms, there is a common understanding that true freedom does not exist. Perhaps most alarmingly, that sense of oppression is being reinforced as successive generations remain under it. Worst of all, as sons and daughters are raised in that atmosphere, it becomes our identity. It’s what we understand. It’s who we are.
However, I feel that change is coming. Importantly, though, I don’t think it will necessarily come through a coming out from The Union. I believe that, as a people, we are sufficiently different from the rest of the UK that, over time and in conjunction with the work of the Holy Spirit, our differences will start to pull us in a direction that is away from the rest of the UK. There may be many reasons why we should or should not be ‘in union’, but if God is calling this nation to have a more Godly character and value system — and I believe He is — and we move with it, we will automatically have an independence far more important than the political status of this country.
The release of the Lockerbie bomber was so significant. It was a wee nation showing mercy despite great pressure from the UK and US governments. And, while I have sympathy for the families of those affected by the bombing, and the correctness of the decision from a legal position can be forever debated, the importance to building the identity of Scotland is huge. It showed the way we can become independent. I don’t just mean going against the flow for the sake of political gain, but coming into alignment with biblical principals, particularly when that is not the norm.
So, here’s the point: if Scotland is to become independent, I believe it’ll be, at first, through a spiritual shift and then, if ever, a political one. So, Body of Christ in Scotland, now is the time! Start being an influencer. Start praying for your local area and the people in it. Pray for God’s will to be done. Ask Him how you, personally, can bring that change in your area of influence. Stop believing the lie that you have no influence – you have as much as you want. And stop believing the lie that you don’t want influence! You are called to be a light and to do that you need to stand out and not hide. Come on, Church. It’s not ever going to happen by leaving it to the Spiritual Superstars! Imagine how the nation would look, even overnight, if the whole church in Scotland woke up and realised who they are and what power and authority they carry and what they are called to do with it. A nation so transformed, it would be independent!