Rector's Letter - May 2015

Dear Friends,

I expect that everyone has had enough of elections by now. But the General Election on May 7th is proving to be a significant one for our country. It promises to be a very close-run thing, with no party gaining outright control. So our next Government may only be able to work by all sorts of deals and compromises to get the support of some of the smaller parties. This could affect policy decisions and priorities in an unbalanced way. It could encourage a much more adversarial approach, focussing on blame instead of seeking for solutions, the "party line" rather than civility and criticism rather than cooperation. These attitudes have left many people feeling unimpressed and cynical about politicians. Perhaps this is an opportunity to find a different way to "do politics"?

Our country is facing many big problems for which there are no easy answers. Perhaps, instead of having "Government" and "Opposition", politicians could develop a commitment to work together, even with people they don't agree with, for the "common good"? To move beyond the politics of "Right" and "Left" and become committed to finding a higher good for our nation as a whole.

The idea of a "Common Good" is an ancient idea, going way back to the Christian foundations of our society. Jesus commanded us to love our neighbours as ourselves, and that included especially the "least of my brethren". It follows that our treatment of the most vulnerable, the elderly, the young, the sick, the poor, is the moral test of any nations' integrity. If we are to see further austerity measures coming, then it is important that clear ethical and moral guidelines are used in making decisions.

I believe that our Christian heritage has an important role to play in building a society that works for the common good, protecting the dignity and quality of life of all God's children, today and for future generations. There will be an opportunity to meet all our local candidates at a special Election Hustings on Sunday 3rd May at St John's Hill URC Church in Sevenoaks, starting at 7pm.

With my best wishes and prayers,
Yours, in Christ, John.

Verse for the Month

“Whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Philippians 4:8

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