As I noted in my previous post, 'What do you do?' is one of the three standard questions asked in the city that I call home: Brussels, Belgium. And while I focused more on the question of 'Where are you from?' more in that post, here a second question confronts us: 'What do you do?' As Christians, we are in the world but we are called not to be of the world. That is, we are called to be the light and the salt, the witnesses and ambassadors of the Kingdom of God and not to define ourselves by the worldly activities in which we engage (besides the other identifiers of nation, race, language, tribe, socio-economic status, and others). But this is a post about Brexit, so the question is: how does our call to act as Christ on earth affect our activities, discussions, and opinions about Brexit?

Unfortunately, we usually direct our most energetic activities to causes other than the Kingdom. As this series of posts is about Brexit, let’s focus on that, and its black hole of our active energies. On either side of the debate -- whether you are a fierce Reaminer or a fanatical Leaver, whatever your position or reasons -- Brexit should not be your end-all-be-all of activity. Let’s put it this way: when was the last time you served someone as energetically as debated someone? Especially someone you disagreed with? Brexit, or Remaining, is not the Kingdom. Some of us may believe that one or the other outcomes serve the building of the Kingdom better -- by bringing more justice or peace or freedom into the world. However, as Christians, we have a particular kind of freedom: a freedom to walk in the Spirit. St. Paul encouraged us in Galatians 5 to use the freedom we’ve been given to love each other. Something that rings particular true and convicting today in his description of this is, “If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” We are called to the activity of love; we are called to love our neighbours, even (especially) the ones that we disagree with. We are called to this kind of freedom, and we are called to proclaim this kind of freedom.

Jesus summed up his own ministry in Luke 4, saying, 'The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.' These are the activities to which we, as Christians, are called, participating in the ongoing, Kingdom-building work of God. Or, as Jesus says in Matthew 28, go and make disciples.

So, what do we do? Are we 'Leavers', 'Remainers', or those just fed up with the political mess? Are we bankers, activists, marketing managers, or church workers? I suggest that we bracket all that, and remember what we are really called to do: follow Jesus, live by the Spirit, and invite others to join us as we journey towards the Kingdom. And as we follow Jesus and help build his Kingdom, we reach out in love and in grace to those around us. We remember that our identities -- who we are -- are not grounded in what we do through our various earthly activities, but what we do flows truly from who we are: loved by God, called by Jesus, and empowered by the Spirit. This is a good season to remember, as we celebrate Pentecost and live into the life of the Spirit.