We’re almost there!. All the canvassing, door knocking and debates are nearly over and it’s up to us to cast our vote for whom we have decided is the best candidate to represent us at Westminster. If all the talk of a hung parliament proves to be the case then the outcome of the election is going to be unparalleled in recent history. Will any party have a majority? Will, as the polls predict SNP make a clean sweep in Scotland, are UKIP gains likely or will disillusioned voters come home to their traditional parties? Then again the polls may be proved wrong and one party will, after all, pass that 326 seat finishing line and settle the matter for the next five years. Time will tell!
One thing that politicians fear, and something of which we should all be concerned is the apathy that increasingly affects so many.. The turnout at the 2011 Welsh Assembly election in Llanelli hardly reached 44% and the last general election was a disappointing 63%. How different to many emerging democracies where we see people travelling and even walking great distances, and queuing for several hours and even days to cast their vote
The Bible speaks much of social justice and the integrity and value which God places upon us as individuals. We count, and this week we affirm the right we have as citizens to express our will through the ballot box. Democracy may not be perfect but as Winston Churchill once said its the best we have. Jesus said to give to Caesar that which is Caesar’s and to God that which is God’s. One thing’s for sure Thursday’s election is an opportunity for us all to express our will, to be part of this democratic process, and to thank God for the freedom and liberty we have to walk into that polling booth to make our will known!
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