Bishops: ‘Don’t just sit there – get out and vote!’

Date: Thursday 7th May, 2015
Time: 7:00 am

General Election message
from the 
Bench of Bishops


M A K E   Y O U R   M A R K   O N   M A Y   7th! 

Christians want to make the world a better place.
That’s why churches have always been involved in
caring for those most in need, both at home and abroad.

Because the prophets of the Old Testament and
Jesus himself called for good news and social justice for all people, churches are involved, every day, in running
food-banks, credit unions, family centres, shelters for the homeless, and projects to support young parents.


Wanting to make the world a better place also means
caring about how our society is organised.
By voting and being active in politics we exercise our
power to change society.

Our right to vote is not something we should take for granted.
It was a hard-won right, and
one which millions of people in the world still don’t enjoy.

Be prepared:

  • Find out who promises to improve,not just your life, but
    the lives of those who are in greatest need.
  • Try to work out who you believe can best work for what is good and fair.
  • If you can, engage with candidates or party members. Talk to them when they call at the door. Read their pamphlets and manifestos, and organise or attend hustings run by our churches or other groups.
  • Don’t be disillusioned. Remember that, while some politicians have brought the game into disrepute by abusing their privileged positions, most of those who stand for election genuinely want to make a difference for the better.

We believe that an election is the
opportunity to make a mark,
not just on a ballot paper but
one which can shape our future.
It’s an opportunity too important to neglect,
however you choose to vote in the end.

Don’t just sit there – get out and vote!