Monthly Reflection – April 2015
I hope you are all well! As well as our monthly reflection this month I am pleased to welcome Lara Murphy to the Branch who has joined us from the Metropolitan Branch- Lara welcome to Hertfordshire!
Also we will be planning a lunch time meeting at Police HQ on the national day of prayer for the Police- the branch will even buy the coffee- the idea is to meet and pray for the organisation and our chief officers- an invite will follow!
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9 6-7. (NIV)
So once again it is election time- The cut and thrust of political debate with candidates all trying to win votes; with numerous opinion polls and talk of alliances, coalitions and pacts to get into office! Yes that’s right it is class leader elections at Small Evans School where she is standing for the high office of class leader on a platform of ‘Being kind and helping others’– Vote Small……. Oh and apparently in case you have missed it there is a general election in the UK in around two weeks- And yes like most others I am already bored of the constant coverage on the TV of what is described as possibly the most unpredictable election in living memory! In the past week or so we have received election manifesto paperwork from each of the five political parties standing in my constituency – Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats, UKIP and The Green Party. I was disappointed that there was no sign of the ‘Monster Raving Looney Party’ and no Independent candidates for me to find out about!
Each of the pamphlets stress to me ‘the voter’ of the virtues of voting for their particular candidate- Each party makes numerous promises that if they are elected they will make things better for me, my family and the country as a whole! We have had visits from candidates in previous elections and I think this time they are avoiding me because I do tend to ask difficult questions and demand an answer…….
Having had a good read of each pamphlet I have decided to share with you my voting intentions on May 7th……. I can proudly announce that on May 7th I have no idea who I am going to vote for!!!!
I can honestly say that for the very first time this close to an election none of the candidates and none of the election promises or plans have helped me make my mind up- it would be so much simpler if someone said as Small has done for her upcoming election that they would ‘Be kind and help others’!
When we consider who we vote for it is not a simple choice in this day and age- it used to be simple with people often voting the same way as their parents due to class or social status- Many years ago I thought my own Mum and Dad were going to throw me out of the house when I even suggested that my voting intentions were different to theirs- I am happy to say however that now that I am all grown up we can have a reasonable debate around politics even if we don’t always agree!
Since 1974 (when I was born) there have been seven Prime Ministers some who served longer than others- Harold Wilson, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and our current Prime Minister David Cameron. Each of these leaders came from differing back grounds and from different places on the political map; and even though they are all distinct in their leadership they all have one thing that they share in common-their time in office as leader of our nation’s government was temporary- it had a shelf life and would at some point come to an end. Whether it be that they decided to leave office or were ‘forced out’ by the loss of an election they all left office! Even our head of state the Queen one day will die and her reign will come to an end- Her majesty has been on the throne for 59 years and 110 days which makes her our second longest reigning monarch behind Queen Victoria- This year however if the Queen is still reigning on 9th September she will pass Queen Victoria and become our longest serving monarch. Among living heads of state in world, only King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand – who has occupied the country’s throne since 1946 – has served for longer.
Even though the Queens reign is considered long it is still temporary, she will die and Prince Charles will become King- their time on the throne will end!
We however serve a King whose reign is eternal and isn’t subject to elections or changes in leadership! In Colossians we read about the Supremacy of Christ:
The Supremacy of the Son of God
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Colossians 1: 15-20. (NIV)
As a Christian I choose to put my faith in Christ who’s Kingdom will last for ever- I don’t put my trust in short term promises or the words. In comparison to a kingdom that will last for ever the five year government term or the reign of a monarch for nearly sixty years are nothing!
On May the 7th I believe personally that everyone should make the effort to vote- if like me you can’t decide who to vote for then some serious thought and prayer will be required! I will be praying for the right result on the day and for the right person to be appointed as our next Prime Minister- not withstanding that I will continue to stand on the promises of God and rely on the Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace who sits at the right hand of the Father!
So if you can enjoy the run up to the election- I will of course keep you posted as to whether Small Evans was elected and if her ‘Kindness and Helpfulness’ slogan was a winner!
Help us as to decide who we should vote for on May the 7th we pray that the right party wins on the day and the government is the right one for this nation. I pray that you help us to rely more and more on the eternal promises of God and that we put our faith in you more and more.