The battle for Tory leadership in the UK and ‘that’ parliamentary prayer breakfast
September 5. That’s when we in the UK will know who the new Prime Minister will be. If not sooner. As Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss fight for leadership, Reverend Les Isaac prays for a leader of integrity and humility.
“I believe the nation is looking for a leader it can trust,” he said.
“They’re looking for someone with the ability and the conviction to deliver what they say. There are so many people who are disillusioned with politics right now because they’ve been let down.
“We need politicians to mean what they say and do it. It’s a question of integrity.
The call for integrity at the prayer breakfast was a pointed reminder after the ‘partygate’ scandal.
Just last month, Isaac, founder of Street pastors – an interdenominational street ministry using volunteers from local churches – spoke at the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast in Westminster. Inspired by the love of Jesus, “how can I help?” was a question that ran through his speech, as he encouraged us all to act for the common good.
The prayers went in the same direction. Many prayed that Parliament would be where the plight of the marginalized would be recognised. A place where truth and justice have been upheld.
Sajid Javid, who was at that prayer breakfast, walked into Boris Johnson’s office that afternoon to say he had lost faith in him as Prime Minister and could no longer act as Secretary of State for Health and Social Affairs. He then handed her his letter of resignation..
Rishi Sunak would follow soon after, sparking a wave of resignations that toppled Johnson from his post as leader of the Conservative party.
In an interview with the BBC, Javid, who grew up a Muslim but professes no faith, declared Isaac’s talk at the prayer luncheon motivated him to action.
“We have been called to speak this truth for everyone, not for ourselves or our denominations, but for the common good.” – Rev. The Isaacs, street pastors
As the battle for leadership comes to a head, Les Isaac believes God was at work that day – as he does every ordinary day.
“From that day on, I remind myself and others that it is God who has entrusted his word to us. We are called to speak the truth that gives people strength; it gives people hope,” says Isaac.
“The prayers that day and the talk I gave all underlined this fact. We were called to speak this truth for all people, not for ourselves or our denominations, but for the common good – for the benefit of all.
“And I think that touched the hearts and minds of the people who were at the prayer breakfast that morning.”
The call for integrity at the prayer breakfast was a sharp reminder after the ‘partygate’ scandal broke towards the end of last year.
News broke on November 30, 2021 that during strict COVID-19 restrictions Downing Street staff came together for a Christmas party. Boris Johnson said all rules were followed and Downing Street denied the party had taken place.
At the end of January 2022, the police investigated not one but 12 gatherings. They issued 126 fines to 83 people who police found had committed offenses under COVID-19 regulations. The fines included one to Johnson, his wife and Rishi Sunak. They apologized and paid the penalties. But not without a violent reaction from the community.
Many were disappointed. Others were angry. Naturally. We were only allowed to go out for extremely restricted purposes during this time. People couldn’t even gather at the funeral to say goodbye to family members who died of COVID.
The country and the news cycle have now moved on. But I don’t think everyone here has forgotten.
“People are looking for someone with integrity. Someone who will mean what he says and do it. – The Isaacs
When I ask Les Isaac what he looks for in a leader, his response is heartfelt.
“People are looking for someone with integrity. Someone who will mean what he says and do it. Someone with a heart for the poor.
“We are going through so much right now. The cost of living is soaring. Life becomes more difficult. Many of us are looking for someone who can give the nation hope that things will get better.
“Leadership is about trust. You are following someone you trust. People need to know that where you lead them will be for the benefit of all.
“It has to be genuine and genuine. Character and personality must be followed by deeds. We need people who will always keep their word. »
“It is a model that we can all try to emulate and that we can aspire to because we can trust in the leadership of Jesus.”
The world had seen someone like that before. And we crucified him.
Jesus sweated blood at what was before him, but he let things happen as predicted. Not for his benefit, but for the good of his people on earth and forever.
“That was transformational leadership,” says Les Isaac.
“When Jesus came before him, Pilate could see that he was an innocent man. “I see no accusation against him, he said!
“Jesus had power and authority, but he came with humility and grace. He was constantly at the service of others. I believe this is a model that we can all try to emulate and that we can aspire to because we can trust in the leadership of Jesus.
“Looking to Jesus, we can face all of our failures as human leaders. But it is at this point that we must go deeper into him.
Go further indeed. For in him is the forgiveness of sins. And besides, Jesus does not leave us in our sin. He gives us the Holy Spirit to change us.
Maybe we Christians are all amazing works in progress somewhere on the road to sanctification. And what’s even better is that we are promised to get there one day. Philippians 1:6 tells us that he who began a good work in you will continue it until the day of Jesus Christ.
One day we too will overcome sin, not because we are superheroes, but because the Christ we follow has already done so.
In the meantime, as we await his return, we will continue to pray that men and women of integrity will rise up to be leaders – of their families, schools, churches and Parliament.
Agnes Wilson is a Christian wife and mother working in communications. She and her family lived in Sydney before moving to London.