Many years ago during a general election campaign every bit as close as the one that has just finished I saw an old car driving down the High St, in Wem, with a sticker on the back window “ It read; Don’t vote it only encourages them!"
But we have voted and I stayed up as late as I could to watch the results because I just love the drama of election night when we see raw human emotions displayed for all to see- those candidates so excited at victory ,they pump their fists with sheer elation and hug their supporters at the count – those trying hard to conceal their bitter disappointment at their loss - that so much effort and toil has come to nothing- those who simply can’t hide their despair and bury their heads in their hands to conceal the tears rolling down their cheeks . What human drama ! Behind the rosettes of whatever colour there are living, breathing, emotional human beings
It reminds me of that other drama played out so publically at this time of year - the end of the football season as the hopes and dreams of your favourite team are either realised or shattered in a 1000 pieces
Politics like football is intensely tribal but although some will disagree it really is more important
So what do I look for in a new Government?
Well the bible doesn’t say much about political parties but it says masses about the qualities of great leaders and so
I hope for a government that has a servant heart
In the Bible
The mother of the disciples James and John asked Jesus to promise that they would sit in the top positions at his right and left hand in glory. Jesus said ,
“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant For Jesus the greatest ruler is the greatest servant
I hope for a government that is wise; that has the wisdom not just to seek the party interest but has the wisdom to see the bigger picture ,serve the common good and make the right decisions in a competent way
I hope for a government that cares about justice because God cares about Justice
As the book of Proverbs says
A ruler who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no crops.
I hope for a Government that is compassionate
God cares for the poor and needy and the Bible lists some of those He cares for; the fatherless ,the widows , the sick the aliens, the prisoner It is not always popular to care for these people but God calls us to do so, for like the politicians themselves these are real human beings made in the image of God Himself
So the posters will shortly come down, the long period of electioneering has now ceased , the people have spoken but it’s worth remembering that God too has spoken and though Governments come and go and parties rise and flourish and then decline and disappear God is watching
He looks for us to serve people, to act wisely, to be just, and compassionate
In what ways will you demonstrate those qualities today?