Are you sure? (thought for 2015)

May 14, 2015

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Are you sure ?

One week to go and it will all be over. The 2015 General Election is looking to be one of the most widely contested ever with many people predicting that no one party will be able ton form an absolute majority. So, unless one party attracts a surprise landslide vote we may be facing another period of coalition government. When this happened at the last election I must confess to being doubtful that a coalition would hold together for the full term of parliament as it has and at least in that respect we can be thankful for stable government in the last 5 years irrespective of whether their actions
have always been to our individual preferences.

The lines between political parties often seem to overlap and as Christian believers it is a challenge to make a choice for a candidate or a political party which best shares our values.

The bible tells us that we need look no further than the Lord Jesus to be satisfied in all our life’s needs and desires.His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through
our knowledge of him who called us…
(2 Peter 1:3a)

Our political candidates are always making pledges and promises about the things they will do if we vote for them. History tells us that these pledges are not always kept, some politicians having poor memories about things they once said. However, we too can suffer memory lapses and forget that we have been cleansed from our sins of the past through the blood of Christ, yet through him we have been given his very great and precious promises so that through them we may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption of the world caused by evil desires (2 Pet 1.4)

We are encouraged to stay true to our faith in Jesus by working hard to increase our faith through such qualities as goodness, knowledge, self – control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. If we can do this then we become more effective in the knowledge of Jesus but if we do not have them we become short – sighted and blind forgetful of what Christ has promised us. We have already joined the elect if we believe and obey Jesus and
understand the sacrifice he made in dying for us yet we need to be certain of our faith in Him, ‘be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ . (2 Peter 1:10,11)

So even as you cast your vote on May 7th why not first ask yourself is my calling and my election sure ?

Stuart Beadle
May 2015

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