If you type ‘how should Christians vote’ into Google you’ll probably end up finding something like this US website or other similar ones telling you how anti-Christian the Democrats are and how you should only vote for candidates who openly oppose abortion and anything vaguely homosexual.
I’d like to think that Christians in this country are a bit more open-minded and are more interested in voting for the party or candidate that is going to do the best job for the people they are elected to serve. This is why I find party tribalism so hard to get on with. Going your whole life voting for the same party because that’s what you’ve always done or because your parents did just seems bloody minded and without meaning to be rude; not very intelligent. I’m not saying we shouldn’t stick to voting regularly for one party, but if we do we shouldn’t start hating the opposition or closing our minds or ears to other political points of view. Almost every party has something to offer. That’s why Labour, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats all have a Christian branch to their parties. The question is which party is the right one to be in power now either locally or nationally?
In the past I’ve voted for Labour, the Conservative and the Liberal Democrats, although my political ideals have remained fairly consistent. Each time I vote I try to weigh up the options, listen to what’s being said, try to get past the spin and do my best to make a decision as to what is best for my community or country.
Most people unsurprisingly vote selfishly. “Who has policies that will benefit me the most?” As Christians though we should be turning this around. Jesus talks about putting others before ourselves. Sometimes I find myself supporting policies that I know will result in me paying more tax or losing income, but I do it because I believe that it will benefit others more.
If you’re voting this week, if you haven’t decided yet, please make the effort to listen to what the different parties have to offer and then make an educated decision. The Bible calls us to be wise and not ignorant and as always having a conversation with God about it is a very sensible move too.
In case you’re still trying to make your mind up, you can head on over to the BBC iPlayer where you can find all the party election broadcasts.