Today elections are being held across the country for MEPs to the European Parliament. Historically in the UK these have been a somewhat underwhelming event yet this year given the struggles in parliament concerning Brexit the vote for many is being used as a 'proxy referendum' and political parties are desperately trying to cajole voters to the ballot boxes.
Given that there are so many choices in any given election how should the Christian vote? You'll be pleased to know that I won't be advocating any particular party. I very much feel that as a parish priest I should be, like the queen, apolitical in my public role. That isn't to say that I think that Christians should remove themselves from politics for every area of our lives is governed by politicians legislating through parliament. Our duty as Christians is not to absent ourselves from public political discourse but to vote according to our conscience.
With prayerful consideration it is for each Christian to discern which party or candidates he or she genuinely believes will try to represent the public with wisdom, compassion and mercy. We must vote for the people that we believe will improve living standards for the poor and vulnerable, improve conditions in hospitals and prisons and who will work tirelessly for social justice and equality, among other things.
I encourage you to go out to vote today, if you are eligible and haven't already been to the polling station, for the party/candidates that you believe will improve the life of our nation.