General Election 2015 – A Message from the Bishops

Published on 20th April, 2015

General Election message from the Bench of Bishops

Make your mark on May 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!

 Resources and information

For resources about the election and for information on organising and registering
hustings in your church, visit
Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’s
dedicated election website at
http://ctbielections.org.uk