It’s General Election Day – as we head out to the polls today we can thank God that across the UK millions of citizens will have the privilege of participating in our democracy and exercising their right to vote.
The polls are open until 10pm tonight, so there’s still time to prayerfully consider who you would like to represent you in parliament over the next five years and to make your way to your local polling station to cast your vote.
Voting is a practical way in which we can begin to shape our society to reflect our biblical values and for it to become more just and compassionate. So let us not waste this opportunity. As good stewards of the Earth, let us honour God by casting our votes today.
What else can I be doing today?
Pray. Beyond voting we are also called to pray for our nation. This includes praying for a high turnout, giving thanks for all of the candidates who have stood in this election because they want to serve our country, and praying for the result – that godly men and women of good will be elected and that His will be done.
And tomorrow, then what?
As the results come in many of us might wonder what God is doing – but we can be certain that our God is unchanging and faithful; He is sovereign and in complete control.
On Friday our neighbour will still be our neighbour, our family still our family. We are in a great position to show others how to unite after this election as we know our foundation is in God and His Kingdom.
Let our votes be just the beginning of our role in bringing real change to our communities; may we continue to engage with MPs and get to know our local MP so that we can bring salt and light to the issues facing the next government.