What do churches and what does faith say about General Elections? It's a hard one in the context of Brexit and Independence referendums. It feels like another referendum but it isn't. We have been asked to vote not for one issue but for the kind of country we want to be, though it is guised as a vote on a choice of the style of Brexit we want.
Whatever the motive is (and I don't envy any government who has to organise our exit from the EU) it is a chance to choose kingdom economics and policies. That is also a hard one. Not that we don't know what that is but in the complex debate and unknown consequences of choosing a hard, soft or just slightly squishy Brexit perhaps we just don't know what is best for the kingdom because we don't know how it will turn out.
It would all seem far clearer if we could just meet a samartian guy coming down the road, or find a tax collector in a tree, or find a stranger walking beside us who can tell good stories and who waits to be welcomed to table to break bread. We'd know what to do, but it isn't like that.
When you are tired of elections and cynical of the motives and concerned for the outcome in a world already insecure, meeting the kingdom in all of that is a difficult but still radical choice. What would Jesus vote? I honestly don't have a clue except I trust he'd vote for the stranger, the neighbour, the tax collector and the samaritan. Does that help?
Or has the kingdom already lost that vote?
The kingdom always seems to suggest it is never too late and to start from where you are to renew the world. This is an extra opportunity to encourage that.