Chairman of PTS Council, Dominic Stockford writes,
In the aftermath of a General Election there are a number of ways to view the results. We could look to our local result, and concentrate on that – in my case that picture is very sad. We now have a local MP who claims to be Christian, and yet supports both abortion and the variety of so-called ‘re-assigning of gender’, as well as same-sex ‘marriage’. This from a person who attends what claims to be an evangelical Anglican congregation. I have had contact with other clergy who had ‘near misses’ in their constituency, but avoided such a terrible message being presented about the true gospel, and God’s true picture for mankind and Creation.
We could also be saddened that some individual Christians were not returned to parliament – for instance, David Burrowes was standing once again, but was not elected in Enfield. Or we could give thanks to God that some Christian MPs were re-elected, Fiona Bruce, for instance.
We could, on the other hand, look at the overall picture, which is, let us be honest, if not perfect, a far better result for Christians than was possible. If the current opposition parties had held sway instead we would have had a Parliament that would have brought in the most liberal and ungodly laws on a whole variety of moral issues – abortion, euthanasia, ‘gender identification’, and so on. And although no one would claim that the winning party is either stuffed full of conscientious Christians, or that it is going to stand up for Christian principles, it does at least allow for conscience votes on such matters.
The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. (Job 1:21)
In the end, as Christians, we should finish our ruminations on election results not with celebrations, or with mourning, but with a remembrance that no matter what the result, God is Sovereign – and whatever we might face we should therefore seek God’s will in it.