So, this week our Prime Minister has called a General Election and Brenda wasn’t happy!!
I’m not too sure who Brenda is exactly!
She is the Vox Pops contribution to Radio 4’s ‘PM’ programme and her
reaction to the news of an early plebiscite was broadcast on Tuesday
afternoon. She was horrified, exclaiming
‘oh no, not again’! Clearly last year’s
EU Referendum and the 2015 General Election were still fresh memories for her
and she can’t stand the thought of a further fifty days of electioneering.
I doubt if she is alone! Yet I’ve been
Obviously to be involved in an election is to cast a vote, and to do that is to
be in the business of making choices. Is
that the issue? Perhaps people feel they
have little choice or they made the ‘wrong’ one last time round.
Yet life is constantly about decision making.
Everyday we’ll make loads of them; put them altogether in a lifetime and
we make tens of thousands.
As I’ve been thinking of Brenda this week I’ve pondered the idea that much of
our faith is about making that purposeful and committed choice to follow the
message of God found in Jesus and choose the path of love. It’s not a one off choice but is something we
need to consciously ‘sign up’ to every single day. Discipleship is often about what choices we
make and what roads in life we follow.
And, unlike Brenda, the option of just saying ‘oh no, not again’, isn’t
one that either honours God or the name ‘Christian’.
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