How would Jesus Vote?

Something that has been taxing me recently is as a christian, which way should I vote in the up and coming British General Election? Or should I even bother? The parties do not seem to offer much alternative, as they jostle for the political centre ground. So in the midst of confusion and indifference to the status quo, I ponder therefore, how would Jesus vote?

On the one hand of course the historical Jesus couldn’t ever have picked up a pen and marked a cross on a ballot paper, he did something else with a cross instead! The political regime of the day was after all a dictatorship, like that in some way of China, Iran, Syria, and so on. So the right to vote wasn’t even a reality for him. Except the historical Jesus is also eternal, because Jesus is fully human and fully God. So which way would he vote?

In the British political context no political party would say they are christian or hold to such ideals exclusively. That of course could be a good thing! As I am not sure the church agrees universally on all the christian values, nor would have agreement on the implementation on so called values. For example loving your neighbour and God, the first one is easy, but how do you implement policies about loving God? For me at least that seems a minefield and the thing the cross of Christ rather than the cross of the ballot paper liberates us from, that top down, imposing of belief structures, Jesus never said you must believe instead offered saying follow me, in which there is an implicit choice, any how I digress.

Perhaps who would Jesus vote for could be answered with, the one who follows him most. This following of christ transcends political preference, redefines our lives. It’s the same question that the disciples asked, about what was the messiah going to do, and they didn’t see the full picture. That the messiah was about something much bigger, much bigger than human politics and agendas, but about calling people to see the bigger picture they are part of, that picture being the Kingdom of God.

So whichever party you look towards, view them through the lens of that other manifesto, the one of Jesus found in Matthews gospel chapter five The Beatitudes:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God…

Finally when you prayerfully tick that box, assuming you do, have your mind on our higher calling, that of the kingdom of God. Lets look for a  Jesus, who was political, he had a clear manifesto about change, valuing others, loving your neighbour, connected into the big vision of the Kingdom of God. After that ask yourself which party with help me serve the Kingdom of God best, and to be honest that is an individual decision and people will pick all of the parties on the merit that they see fit in answering that question. So God Bless and go in peace.

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