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Thought for the Week

by Cpt Andrew Payne

St Marys Church, Haverhill

Here are some election quotes to keep us going: “Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be.” Sydney Harris.

“I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.” W.C. Fields.

“The only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?” Robert Orben.

“The oppressed are allowed to decide which representatives of the oppressing class are to repress them.” Karl Marx.

“Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.” Robert Byrne.

Politics is a subject we avoid at dinner parties, along with Religion. The two don’t mix but they should. Conversations can get heated because we either feel passionate about them or are apathetic – there’s no middle ground. And as for the church getting involved in politics ….

But that’s what we should do. Jesus was political! He spoke out about injustice, freedom, fairness, poverty and wealth amongst other things.

He said it how it was, and was crucified for it. Forget the idea of ‘gentle Jesus meek and mild’ because he wasn’t.

I think everyone, especially people of faith, should engage in political debate and this is why we hosted the Hustings at St Mary’s.

Not to aim to influence who people vote for, but because the issues are important and need to be discussed.

To quote our Associate Priest at the Hustings, its “far too important to just leave to the Politicians.”

So vote we must. We have a freedom that others only dream about, so please don’t waste the chance to vote – even if you dislike them all remember the Robert Byrne quote!

So one final quote, “People say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. That is not true.

“Decisions are made by those who make themselves heard and vote - a very different thing.” Walter Judd

Next week make yourself heard!

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