Thankfully, the general election is nearly over.
The snap General Election called by Theresa May instantly set off raging debates about all manner of issues. If your social media feed has been anything like mine for the last six weeks, then you have no doubt seen post after post about parties, politicians and policies. It’s particularly discouraging to see so many of these posts attacking and demonising those with different views. Indeed, the tone has often been one of anger and hostility.
Clearly there are very strong feelings on all sides about the problems facing our country, as well as various candidates suggesting very different solutions. And many of these are serious issues – social care, housing, homelessness, Brexit, security etc. These aren’t just political ideas, they are real issues that affect real people. No wonder people are making their feelings known.
But what if the anger we are feeling about the problems in our country is misdirected? Instead of blaming politicians and their policies, shouldn’t we admit that the reason there is something wrong with our country is because there is something wrong with us?
The heart of the problem?
In other words, the problem is with humanity in general: we are broken. The Bible reveals that God created humanity for relationship with him. But we rejected him, and so the good world that God created is marred by human sinfulness.
That’s why there is greed in our society; that’s why there are people living on the streets; why children are in poverty; why we have security problems. Human sinfulness is the reason there are all these problems and many more.
And yes, we elect a Government to do what they can to alleviate some of these problems. But we need to be honest with ourselves: no Prime Minister, no political party, no policy choices are ever going to solve the deepest problem of all.
For that, we need to look away from Westminster and away from manifestos. We need to look away from ourselves, and instead look to Jesus Christ who said,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28–29
The real solution
We need to look to the One who literally laid down his life to bring peace and justice to our lives and world. We need to put our faith, not in imperfect politicians, but in the Perfect Saviour. Only then will we be able to know the real answer to the real problems facing our world.
I’m looking forward to my social media feed being free of political posturing again after the general election. But I get much more comfort and satisfaction from knowing that Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords.
He is the One who will ultimately put right all that is wrong.
Whoever you vote for on election day, I hope you will put your ultimate trust in Jesus.