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The Independence Of Scotland

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!

Good Friends

I’ve been blessed with good friends my whole life. I’m the kind of person that doesn’t tend to have loads of friends at one time, but one or two very good friends, comrades, compadres to share the journey with.

So for me to have three good buddies at one time is unusual, and that we all shared a common interest just made our time together cool. Ben, Dan and Allan and I have been in a band together for the last 9 months or so, but it’s all come to an amicable end.

We were never entirely sure how long term the band was going to be or what it would look like. I was personally just enjoying regularly hooking up with these fine men, hanging out and joking around, and sometimes playing music together. It took us a few months to see it for what it was: loads of fun together.

With Dan’s decision to move back to the USA, and with the knowledge that there is a full-time worship leading call on Ben & Allan’s lives, and me knowing that music is not my focus for now, we are all done as a band. We played our last gig at Dan’s recent CD launch night which was fitting as the CD was the only tangible output of the band, it being the main focus for the whole time we’ve been together.

So, this post is a wee tribute to three awesome men of God — legends, even — who have been great fun to walk with.

Dan: thank you for all your encouragement in the area of music, my ability, and the opportunity to take part in the creation of the CD was awesome. I pray your journey is just beginning, that everthing so far is the warmup lap, and now you are heading off for the real thing. Wherever you end up will be a blessed place indeed. You are a very very good man; be everything you can be. Do it!

Ben: you are such a brilliant, brilliant musician. I think you greatly underestimate your skills, but you are so inventive, so precise, so passionate! Thank you for always being the first to pray, the first to encourage and the one who always knows the funny thing to say, even if it is just over the line! Pursue your dreams, mate!

Allan: you are SO gifted, and you are so humble with it. I’m so glad you have known from an early stage what your gifting is and how you’ve been faithful to pursue it. You have me in stitches, especially when you and Ben are messing around, and you are so encouraging. You too need to go for it in a big way and watch how God blesses it.

All three of you are very talented, gifted and annointed musicians, humble and funny, loyal and encouraging. I am blessed, and my life is enriched, by knowing you.

The band is dead, but our friendships live on. Amen!