We had a great discussion last night at our church small group leaders meeting about what God might say that the most important issues are in the current election campaign. Tough call.
And how on earth do you decide who to vote for? It's one thing to have an affiliation to a particular party but that's usually based on the political ideology of what that party originally stood for and things just ain't that way any more are they?
And should we be thinking locally, nationally or globally when we're picking who gets our cross on that paper? Is it possible to do all three at once?
Should we vote for the Christian candidate just because they're Christian? Maybe we should vote for the party that has the highest proportion of Christians regardless of whether our local candidate is Christian or not? I don't know.
I was looking at the Christian Institute site where you can see how MPs voted on 23 different issues including the gambling bill, homosexuality, abortion, the incitement to religious hatred bill and more. It makes interesting reading but according to that, my local MP, Labour's Stephen Twigg, scores a fat zero when it comes to voting in line with Christian morals but our local Conservative candidate, David Burrowes is a Christian and goes to one of the free churches in Enfield. The Lib Dem candidate almost deserves the vote just because he's got a great name - Ziz Kakoulis! And he admits to reading Harry Potter. But that's not really vote winning criteria is it?
And when you look at the three Prime Minister frontrunners,the scores are:
Tony Blair 0/23
Charles Kennedy 6/23
Michael Howard 13/23
I think I'm just beginning to realise that I have no idea who to vote for, or even how to decide and that maybe I ought to have thought and prayed about that just a little bit before May 5th?