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This is a time.... Reflections on the General Election
What does The Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.
The recent announcement of a General Election surprised just about everyone. We now face questions as Christian disciples, not only about how we should vote, but what we and our churches should be doing and saying during the campaign. In the weeks leading up to the election the Joint Public Issues Team will be offering reflections and balanced analysis, seeking to support local Christians and churches as they engage with the issues, and working to keep the things we believe to be important on the political agenda. In this, our first resource, we offer some reflections on key biblical themes that will hopefully help put the events of the last week into perspective.
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(JPIT is a combined venture of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and the Church of Scotland.to help the four churches work together on issues of justice and inequality.)
October 6, 1774
I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them
1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side."
John Wesley, The Journal of John Wesley