June
04
2017
Author
Edd Graham-Hyde
Post-Brexit blogs

This is the sixth and final post in a series of blogs about Brexit by guest contributor Edd Graham-Hyde (more about Edd below), which we're posting in the run up to the snap 2017 General Election...

Since writing the previous posts in this series of blogs on Brexit some months ago, so much has happened. I sit here typing this while watching Theresa May announcing a snap election being re-run on the news the day after her initial statement. I’m sure there’s plenty to be said in regards to party politics, but I have no interest in saying that here (if at all… to be honest).

The instability of the political establishment is there for all to see. This election might go some way in trying to deliver stability, with a democratic mandate to the government, but I still want to point back to the very first blog that I wrote – there is a huge divide between classes (among other divides). Whether this is financially or culturally motivated does not change the fact that there is a clear clash. Equally, the results of such a clash is the dismantling of empowerment that many will have, especially the next generation.

I’ve seen some churches divide (quite literally) over the Brexit issue, and this election will invoke some of those same emotions that led to those situations. It’s been labelled as the ‘Brexit election’. Despite this, there are many other facets that the electorate will be voting on – and that includes the church. Key debates that are inbound in the next five years will include many of the laws that will need entrenching as a result of disentangling from the EU. However, other key debates include some laws which are just due for review. One of the more contentious is the moral issue of abortion.

As churches, we have a duty of care to each other to challenge and encourage each other to consciously make a decision in this election based on how they feel led by God – that even includes those who refuse to vote! I want to encourage any opinion leaders reading this (and we all know opinion leaders are not simply church leaders…) to really look into the manifesto points and make a decision based on policy where possible. Do a little bit of internet research on the impact of that policy and what are the alternative suggestions from all the parties involved.

I believe that, as Christians, we have a duty to the world to be ready to articulate our opinion on politics with a view of always being able to point back to Christ. Try to avoid the trap of using the Bible as a stick to beat others with if they disagree, and encourage people to make a conscious decision in light of their faith.

Finally, I want to finish with the words of a good friend of mine when I asked him how he would vote: “I think it’s important to keep perspective and remember that, whatever the outcome, we still have an amazing government compared to most countries and across most of history. Therefore, I’m thankful for what I have and I trust Jesus.”

Happy voting (or not) people!

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Edd is a fully qualified RE teacher and currently teaches A-level Sociology and Politics; he is also currently lecturing ad-hoc at the University of Central Lancashire while completing his PhD in socially fringed groups and religious narratives with a focus on social policy. He is part of the Christ Church Blackpool church plant and is an advocate for planting more churches by the beach!