Spain Gets a New Prime Minister

For those who support our ministry and our desire to go to Spain full-time to make disciples, you will remember that we have spoken from time-to-time about the Spanish Government. Our concern is not for politics, but for Spain and it’s people. This means we must pay attention to what is going on in Spain. Back in November of 2017, there was a vote for separation from Spain by those in the Catalonia region. That did not go over well and there was a lot of turmoil in Spain and a strong reaction by the Spanish Prime Minister, Mr. Mariano Rajoy.

Snip20180602_109A man named Pedro Sánchez sponsored a “no-confidence” vote for Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy. That vote was supported and passed, resulting in an unprecedented “no-confidence” removal of PM Rajoy who has subsequently been replaced by Mr. Sánchez as Spain’s Prime Minister (June 2018).[1]

Cause for Concern

What does this have to do with our ministry? Prime Minister Sánchez is an outspoken atheist, even choosing to be sworn into office without the use of a Bible or a crucifix – a first in Spain’s modern history.[2] There is already a growing resistance in Spain to religion—protestant Christianity in-particular—and with the change of power, some are worried that this will increase because Mr. Sánchez’s party wishes to see the secularization of the country and seeks to limit religious expression.[3]

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Fortunately, this would not be an easy feat for Prime Minister Sánchez or his Socialist party because “with only 84 lower house seats, the party will struggle to find allies to get legislation enacted” (see graph).[4] Nonetheless, the installation of Mr. Sánchez and his party into power is something that warrants our attention.

No Need to Fear

 The Apostle Paul says,

“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.”[5]

God loves the people of Spain and wants them to come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. He is not surprised by these events and may even be putting them in place to work in ways that we cannot yet understand. No government, favorable or unfavorable to the Gospel, can withstand the working of God within peoples or throughout history. We are indeed fighting a war here, but not against people or governments, but a Spiritual battle. We are equipped to fight, not with human weapons, but with divine weapons and powers to bring down anything that holds itself up against the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 What to Do

 Watch

  • Pay attention to the events in Spain. Not out of fear, but so that you may be informed as to how to pray.
  • Pray
    • Pray that God will work in the lives those in power in Spain. Pray that the hardened hearts of those who deny God would be softened and opened to the Gospel. Mr. Sánchez needs Jesus too.
    • Pray for the Missionaries who are on the ground in Spain. Pray for their wisdom and insight into the events and situations surrounding them. Pray for their effectiveness in spreading the Gospel. Pray against any spiritual forces, bureaucracies, or any opposition that would attack their ministry or families.
    • Pray for the people of Spain. Spain, like so many other countries, places their hope in things that bring no hope (like political parties). Pray that they would be open to the Good News of Jesus Christ; He is Lord of Spain, not Mr. Sánchez’s party.
    • Pray for my family’s ministry: 1) that we would gain the ongoing monthly support that we need in order to get to Spain full time. 2) That those in power would not prevent us from going. To join our prayer team or to become a financial partner in the ministry with us visit http://www.Send.Org/JSGilbert

Photo’s from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44340879

[1] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44340879

[2] Ibid.

[3] https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/08/23/socialists-plan-crack-down-catholic-education-spain

[4] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44340879 (The chart above is also from this source)

[5] (2 Corinthians 10:3–6 ESV)

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