How to vote on June 23

Want to know how to vote in the EU referendum?  Then you’re not alone – a recent YouGov poll says that around 15% of Brits are still undecided.  The rest are (apparently) firmly in one camp or the other…it’ll probably be a nail-bitingly close finale. 

To be fair, up until about a week ago, I was pretty undecided too.  On one hand, I received a robust (nicely printed) leaflet from the government outlining the reasons to stay in the EU, and on the other, I’ve listened to Boris (and others) talk of the benefits (from their perspective) of leaving.

Who to listen to?

Well, alas, I can’t answer that question, or tell anyone else what they should do.  I don’t have any kind of political experience which qualifies me to do that…but I can jot down a few ideas on how I arrived at what I think is the right choice for me.

Whose report will you believe?  

There’s a Ron Kenoly worship song called Whose report will you believe?  As far as I can tell, it’s loosely taken from Isaiah 53, but the song goes;

Whose report will you believe?

We shall believe the report of the Lord.

We’re surrounded by reports, each featuring one political angle or another. One minute I can watch the news and feel sure I know what’s true, and then I can scroll through Twitter and realise how wrong I am.  We’re in a world of information overload and choosing ‘whose report’ to believe is a tricky task.  I’ve started to watch and/or read the news and, a little like grace before a meal, ask God to shine a light on the truth…let me get a gentle nudge in the guts when I hear a snippet of truth.  

Fear is not a good motivator

Don’t be ruled by fear. Fear of what might or might not happen is a really bad way to decide how to vote.  Vote because of something positive, not because you’re afraid something will or won’t happen if you do/don’t.   

Don’t (always) go for the obvious choice.

When it came to picking Kings and rulers in the Bible, God always seemed to make the strangest and unlikeliest of choices.  He picked the young, skinny, harp-playing shepherd kid to be the King of Israel, a jumpy, angst-ridden man to lead the Jewish people through the desert, and a child born from a line of philanderers to be the Saviour of the world.  This vote isn’t about a candidate, but it can be easy to be swayed by the charisma of the people representing each view.   God doesn’t always pick the most obvious person/solution for the job to come. 

Finally, I’ve been reading (and thinking about) 2 Corinthians recently.  This bit jumped out at me this morning;

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  (‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:5‬ ‭NIV)

Listen carefully to what all sides are saying. Will their argument ultimately lead to a country/system which sets itself up against the knowledge of God?  

Think Tower of Babel.  We really don’t need another one of those

P.s And just for a little bit of classic praise…here’s a clip of Ron singing that song;