Posted by: stpowen | May 4, 2015

How should Christians Vote This Time?

Exodus 18:21. Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness…..’

Once again, the whole nation is naturally agog to learn where Martin Marprelate will be placing his vote on this occasion. Alas! He hardly knows what to suggest. The three main parties are trying to bribe the electorate with its own money, making all sorts of hugely expensive promises, ignoring the fact that Britain is already in debt to the tune of £1.5 Trillion (yes, really!), rising by more than £5,200 every second!!  Whoever wins the election, you may be sure that either spending will be cut viciously or taxes will rise; not just for the rich, for there are not enough of them, but for everyone. Martin does not believe that Christians should vote Conservative unless the local candidate is the only godly man standing for election. David Cameron is an outrageous liar, having said on Sky T.V. just before the last election that he had ‘no plans’ to introduce same-sex ‘marriage.’ If he is elected again, he will have got away with it and we may expect even more anti-Christian, anti-God legislation in the future. Miliband comes across to Martin as being sincere, but unfortunately he is sincerely foolish and sincerely secular. Much the same can be said for Clegg. Whoever becomes Prime Minister, the outlook for Christian freedom is bleak. The days described in Revelation 13:16-17 have been around for Christians in Moslem countries for many years. They seem to be coming to Britain also.

Martin will be voting UKIP again this time. Not because he believes that Nigel Farage is a Christian; far from it! But because of UKIP’s general support for the ‘Judeo-Christian heritage’ (whatever that is) and its manifesto commitment to protection for the Christian conscience, it seems to be the least bad option.

UKIP is also more sensible on the question of African migrants. We must all feel compassion for those suffering in Somalia, Eritrea, Libya, Syria and elsewhere and I trust that readers are supporting one or other of the organizations that give relief to Christians in those lands, but there are said to be more than a million would-be migrants in Libya waiting to take a boat for Italy. If the E.U. took all of them, we can be sure there would be a million more arriving in Libya very shortly. The crisis has the potential to overwhelm Europe. Nigel Farage offers the only sane option.

So unless you know of an good evangelical candidate in your constituency, one who comes up to the standard of Exodus 18:21, quoted above, Martin suggests that you should vote UKIP, even if you have to hold your nose to do it. Don’t vote for one of the big parties for purely negative reasons. They will take it as a sign that the Christian vote is not worth worrying about. Finally, whatever the outcome of the election, be of good cheer. However it looks, and whatever challenges there may be for Christians in the coming days, God is in control. ‘The LORD knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever……But the wicked shall perish; and the enemies of the LORD, like the splendour of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away’ (Psalm 37:18, 20).


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