Bishop David reflects on the forthcoming General Election

Shaping our politics through  Lent imageBishop David’s Easter Reflection touches the subject of the forthcoming election.

I have included it here, but the full entry can be found on The Church of England – Birmingham website


During Lent I have been reflecting on some of the themes leading up to the General Election next month. Now Parliament has been dissolved, there is a moment for reflection before campaigns gain momentum. As we read party Manifestoes, observe televised leaders’ debates, attend hustings and vote, let us renew our confidence in the faith as we have received it.

Jesus speaks to people in their relations with individuals, families, neighbours and society. He urges right living and is critical of abuse at every level.

As a 24 year old European in business I had the privilege of spending a day in Kolkata (Calcutta) with Mother Teresa. She had two questions for me, ‘Are you all for Jesus.’ and ‘What are you doing about the homeless living rough at Paddington Station near your home in London?’

Similar clarity is needed today in Christian disciples as we allow ourselves to be grasped by the supernatural power of the resurrection and apply our renewed freedom to practical politics of care and compassion.

The Passover events in Jerusalem of two thousand years ago are realised again and again as you and I are given grace to follow the living Jesus Christ in thinking and acting for the good of others.

As you mark your cross on 7th May, whatever government is formed will depend for its effectiveness on the prayers, passion and actions of ordinary citizens.

I expect Christians will be in the forefront of this self-giving service, crying with hands and heart ‘He is risen! He is risen indeed!’.

9th Apr 2015 Posted in: News by Stella Jennings 0

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