As Father Nicholas reminded us on Sunday- voting is important. Be that as it may I cannot remember feeling as disillusioned before heading to the voting booth. In more recent elections the problem was a lack of discernible difference between the main parties- now we have difference but both seem broken in different ways.
On the one hand there is a Conservative party offering a sensible handling of the economy but who seem in thrall to big business at the cost of the vulnerable. Too often recently I have counselled disabled and vulnerable people, and their relatives, whose lives are looking bleak thanks to very harsh cuts on budgets that support them. How can a nation that affords Trident and war abroad not have enough money to support the genuinely needy? My heart struggles with a Tory vote.
On the other hand we have a Labour party now run by an extreme socialist. It is all well and good producing a little red book crammed full of promises- but does anyone honestly believe the money exists for this vision to be realised? History has proved repeatedly that socialism fails and wreaks total havoc on a nation. My head struggles with a Labour vote.
Then there are fringe parties- none of whom speaks up for people of faith. Most are pressure groups compiled of the disillusioned. It leaves me wondering if the Monster Raving Loony Party are running?
Please God could you help us raise up sensible and caring souls to form a credible party? One based on level playing fields and free markets that is not in the pocket of the elites. One that genuinely serves the people not big business and which looks out for the vulnerable. One that might actually help heal the divisions in this nation.
It is time, I think, that Christians mobilised and got more laity involved in politics. We need to get our voice into the mainstream and start working for change. Could you stand for a party? We need sound people in every one. Come on lay people- what are you waiting for? Christians stand for election. Give us a better option.