Where will you put your X on May 7th? How are you going to decide?
If you have a secure job and want what is best economically for you then without doubt you should be voting Conservative. You won’t go wrong with Labour or Lib Dem either. If you are comfortable now then stick with the political establishment and nothing is going to change much – the colour flying over Downing Street might be different but our social landscape will remain the same.
However, if your desire is to see the poorest and most vulnerable in our society protected and empowered then maybe think of an alternative to the political establishment – and I’m not talking about the purple migrant bashers. I would suggest that if you have a care and hope for those excluded from society then consideration should be given to a Green or Independent vote or maybe a spoiled ballot.
As a follower of Jesus I cannot bring myself to vote for my own needs and comforts. “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4) If you love Jesus, if you love your fellow human – then don’t waste your vote selfishly. Maybe you will come to a different political conclusion to me but do vote with your conscience.
West Bromwich vicar, Neil Robbie, has written a great and succinct post commenting on political thought processes with a different twist on who the poor could be. Definitely worth a read for just 1 minute of your time.
If you have an hour then do invest it in listening to the late Simon Pettit’s biblical mandate for the poor. This was recorded in 1998 and was a real watershed moment for the Newfrontiers famly of churches that I belong to – it provides a great introductory foundation on Christian teaching regarding the poor.