Which way will you choose? (Thought for June 2017)

May 28, 2017

in Monthly comment

This month we go to the polls once again. It was only in 2015 that we held the last General Election which closely followed the Scottish Referendum in 2014 and which has since been followed by the EU Referendum in 2016. This month we will be experiencing the 4th vote in 4 years which has a major impact on our country and that is not counting the local council elections. It seems as if we are living through times of far less predictable change. Those agencies who conduct polls to predict the outcome of results have been having a torrid time recently, making wildly inaccurate forecasts. Many people have been surprised at the outcomes of the recent elections and perhaps the greatest surprise we can expect from the June General Election would be if there were no further surprises at all !

The apostle Peter writing in his first letter addresses it to God’s elect. Those ‘who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father through the sanctifying work of the Sprit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood.
He is addressing these words to those believers in Jesus not because they have chosen to follow him but because they have been chosen by Him and through the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross. In his second letter he continues ‘To those who through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours’

Here he also reaffirms that our faith is not something that we have chosen but something which we receive through the Father’s grace and
mercy. Thus there is every reason to heed this further exhortation to ‘be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure.(2 Peter 1v10) When you place your tick in whatever box you choose on June 8th, you can’t be certain of the outcome or indeed of the consequences of your candidate of choice if they do get elected.

If you ‘place your tick’ in the one man whose cross you can always trust then you are promised ‘a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.’ That’s a result we can all look forward to and which I can predict is most certainly true!.

Stuart Beadle

June 2017

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