Election Reflection: David Cameron chosen by God.

Posted: July 29, 2015 in Current Issues, Politics
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It’s been over two months since the 2015 election. I feel that there has been enough recovery time, for the winners and losers, and so now seems to be a good time to write this.

Anyone that knows me will be aware that I worked tirelessly, with others, for Amina Lone to get elected in Morecambe & Lunesdale on behalf of the Labour Party. We suffered a significant defeat that was much in line with the national swing. I have my reasons for voting Labour but this blog is not about that.

The recent election saw an increase of those that did not vote for the traditional three party’s. It also saw two leaders resigning which is normal, and now we’re experiencing a period where there is little scrutiny being given to the current Government.

Through the elections I witnessed relationships torn apart; people being labelled racist (even though they’re not!); elected representatives make horrible comments about those less fortunate than themselves; candidates trying to instil hatred into the hearts of people that trust them; promises being broken; and communities divided all in the name of politics.

I have fallen prey, at times, to that culture and taken part in some of the aforementioned tragedies of the most recent election.

I’ve come to the conclusion, and somewhat conviction, that it is my duty as a citizen to only speak well of those that lead our nation and vehemently pray for them – especially those that I disagree with.

The truth is, as a Christian, I want to build others up, encourage people to exercise their democratic rights, and engage with politics free from persecution but not without appropriate challenge.

The Bible shows (Rom 13:1-2 & 1 Peter 2:13) that we are to submit to governments and uphold them honourably; even when they don’t act justly we are still to do so. Hate will always breed hate but love will breed hope and genuine, real change.

I want to apologise to anyone who has ever been pressured by me to think or vote in a certain way. Equally, I want to publically declare that I am so thankful for people like David Cameron, and those that he leads in Government, for committing to a life of public servitude. I am so grateful for having leaders that allow democracy and do things as best as they can.

I will continue to pray for our Government, and anyone reading this is invited to join me in doing so.

I end this with a plea to the Christians reading this: always seek to highlight the good that the Government is doing and seek to build relationship with your local representatives. Equally, continue to engage with politics, social issues and current affairs; when trying to make change you believe in – do so with love and grace. Let’s be known as individuals that are productive and encouraging – let’s be known as the church God intended us to be known as within the sphere of politics.

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Comments
  1. Mike Crees says:

    To only speak well would be undemocratic Ed – perhaps speak well of the good and give credit where it is due, by all means, but not to highlight blatant injustice and active demonising of the poor and refugees etc. will just make you one of the masses of mediocre voices. I am not sure that Cameron’s motives are public servitude either… But pray we do for hearts that turn to God and hearts that have compassion, or that they happily come to political ruin. One or the other.

    Here is a good response scripture Ps 94 v 23 “He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness”

    or even Ps 143 v 12 “In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.”

    sorry in psalms at the mo – heres another ” He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry.” Ps 146:7 – unlike Cameron’s lot.

    Pick a side

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