Keep Calm and Watch Eurovision

After a few years of Brexit talks and Donald Trump’s tweets, there really is nothing better than the Eurovision Song Contest.

For me, it could be renamed the let’s-all-just-chill-out-and-have-some-fun contest.

The unsynchronised routines, cheesy costumes and pyrotechnics make for the perfect evening in front of the TV with some pop-corn and a mini Union Jack. 

And then there’s the music. Oh, the music.

Is he really going there?

It’s with great nervousness that I would make a connection between Eurovision and God's Kingdom.

But I’m going to.

No, the Kingdom won’t just be filled with Europeans. There will be no contest or competition.

And I imagine the song ‘Worthy is the Lamb’ will beat anything coming out of Lisbon tonight (Revelation 5:9-10). But there is some overlap.

I mean, where else do you see a multi-national crowd with their arms round each other, singing and having a good time?

Yes, heaven’s going to be fun. We were created for pleasure and as a redeemed people we are destined to enjoy ourselves. Together. With the nations.

One Voice, One Song

Although my BBC news feed reports another racist attack and nations sparring with warheads, we’re not burying our heads in the sand by enjoying this piece of European togetherness.

There’s something in there – yes, it’s there somewhere – which reminds me of my heavenly home where I’ll lock arms with brothers and sisters whose language I can’t now speak.

And in one voice, singing one song, our lungs will ache for our praise of the Lord Jesus Christ who bought for himself a people of every tongue.

And for those holding Union Jacks tonight, we can hope that the Kingdom analogy goes one step further.

After all, didn’t Jesus say, “the last will be first, and the first will be last” (Matthew 20:16)?