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Messy Voting

Posted by Dave Martin on 06 Dec 2019

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With a general election just around the corner in the UK, and various opportunities for Christians around the world to have their say on current issues, what attitude could we have when voting as Christians?

In a messy world of distraction, it’s important to let our understanding of biblical attitudes inform our vote, rather than simply voting the way our peers do or just considering which manifesto will improve our own lives, without considering the needs of our fellow humans. Although it’s easy for us all to get swept up in this thinking, the Christian way is about 'us', together – honouring our lives just as much as our neighbour’s:

  • Treat others as you would like to be treated (Luke 6:31)
  • Be kind and forgiving (Ephesians 4:32)
  • Love one another to the same standard as God loves us (John 15:12)
  • Outdo one another in showing honour (Romans 12:10)
  • Look out for the interests of others as well as yourself (Philippians 2:4)
  • Directly serve God by serving the poor (Matthew 25:31–46)

Love is action, and true Christian action lifts up those who are struggling, includes and gives life through the power of God’s Spirit. At Messy Church, our core values are designed not only to point to Jesus, but to encourage all involved to actively live life God’s way.

So let’s ask ourselves how our vote will…

  • Help people CELEBRATE the fullness of life that God wants to give them.
  • Offer HOSPITALITY to those who don’t have a seat at the table.
  • Adopt CREATIVE new ways of supporting everyone’s needs in society.
  • Encourage ALL AGES to have their voice heard and taken seriously.
  • Build a more CHRIST-CENTRED country more in line with the kingdom of God.

Consider all of your wonderful Messy Church families who will walk through your doors this Christmas. What is the best you could give them? Are their basic needs met? How will your vote help lift them up? How will it improve their quality of life?

Although no politician is Jesus, or perfectly represents him, we are called to be as much like Christ as possible, treating others as he did and responding to situations like he would. So, on voting day, what could we achieve by taking our Messy Church values into the polling station with us?