Post-Election Reflection

It is finally done.

The votes are counted, the candidates elected and the damage calculated.

I am of course talking about the recent Northern Ireland Super Council and European elections.
I wonder how you feel about it all? Maybe you are disappointed with the results; with your first choice missing out on a seat. On the other hand you may be delighted because your choice got their seat. Or perhaps you are just worried that none of them were really worth your vote.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAPolitics and Christianity can be a messy business. Religious language and political fervour are often a recipe for disaster.

However, I don’t think there is any need to despair.

Last week I was working on a sermon on Haggai and I was reading through Peter Williams helpful book ‘Opening up Haggai‘. Concerning politics he said ‘We [Christians] ought not to be cynical, therefore, and think that being active in political life is incompatible with having strong faith in god. The truth is that we require more people like Joseph, Daniel, Nehemiah and Zerubbabel to take an active role in political and civil life.’
He is right.

Likewise, the apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans, offers a strong biblical arguement for the good in politics, ‘Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.’ (Rom. 13:1 ESV).

At this point you may be thinking ‘That’s ok for those guys who like being in the public eye. But it’s not for me’. Even if you don’t think you could stand for election I still think you should be involved in politics.
I think that Christians should be involved in politics – perhaps by standing for election, most likely by casting a vote were able and undoubtedly by praying for governing authorities.

In a later letter Paul writes ‘First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.’ (1 Tim. 2:1-2 ESV).

No matter how we feel in the post-election climate as Christians we must pray for our government in Stormont, Super Councils and Europe.


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