Thought For The Week 1st October
Politics can be brutal! The largest party by a country mile doesn’t have the numbers to govern alone. Parties that once had a place in parliament have been pushed aside. Things said and done on the campaign trail will linger like fog around the negotiating tables. An impatient media want to know who is forming the next government.
The poll results last Saturday confirmed what we already know; politically we are a divided nation. Forty six percent of the country are happy with the status quo while fifty four percent want change in some way. Many of us prefer to have clear outcomes – a clear winner- rather than the messiness and uncertainty of negotiations and coalitions that may not go the distance.
But I wonder, does scripture point us to a more collaborative approach? I’m reminded of Isaiah’s vision of a new peaceful age (Isa 11:6): “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.” Here we see the natural order of the survival of the fittest completely overturned and a new, peaceful and collaborative order is established. Rather than the strong eating the weak, we see harmony for the benefit of all.
We can only wait and see how our political leaders will sort out who is to govern. My prayer is that we move towards Isaiah’s vision of harmony, not away from it.