Thought for the week – Reverend David Jones
All the canvassing, door knocking and debates are almost over and now it’s up to us to cast our vote for whom we have decided is the best candidate to represent us at Westminster. It’s been a long eight weeks since the election was called with some pollsters of the opinion that this is the most unpredictable election ever because the polls at the beginning of the campaign bear no comparison to what has been happening these last two weeks. Then again if 2015 is anything to go by we should take any predictions with the largest pinch of salt possible! Mr Corbyn has made massive strives and has narrowed what was seen as an impregnable gap to fill. Mrs May on the other hand has been widely criticized for what has been seen as a lack lustre campaign. North of the border there’s everything to play for between the SNP and the Conservatives as many see this election as an indicator of the appetite for another Scottish independence referendum. It won’t be until the early hours of Friday that we will begin to see a pattern emerging as to who will get the keys of No 10.
The Bible says much about those who rule and govern. The prophets of the Old Testament did not spare words of condemnation towards those who ruled unjustly. When asked a question about paying taxes Jesus answered by saying ‘Give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s and give to God that which is God’s’ In other words be good citizens never forgetting that we are also to give allegiance to the principles of the kingdom of God – the greatest of which is to love God and to love our neighbour.
With all the campaigning, over and the electorate having decided, let’s hope that the manifesto promises we have heard by those elected will be kept so that the needs of the people will be met. There is no greater council for those who seek to lead and govern than that which the word of God gives and the command Jesus gave to his disciples “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ – the greatest manifesto of all!