23rd June 2016
The last European referendum in the UK was in 1975 when most of us were either not even born or if alive, not old enough to vote! The forthcoming EU referendum on June 23rd is potentially a once in a generation opportunity to have our say on how we relate to the rest of Europe as a Nation. Whether you like Politics or not, the vote in June is crucial to our future as a Nation.
Find out how well you know the EU by taking this short and fun quiz here!
Can I Vote?
The opportunity to cast a vote within a democracy is a privilege that we none of us should never take for granted. Your vote is your voice. Your vote matters. If you are not registered to vote, or not sure if you can vote; you can register here online www.gov.uk-register-to-vote – the deadline for doing this is the 7th June if you want to take part in the EU vote on the 23rd June.
How should I vote?
That is obviously something that is personal to each one of us. We would really encourage all members of the Church to vote, but how they vote is certainly something personal.
However, we choose to vote, we want to do that prayerfully and give time to consider all the issues before we cast our vote.
There is lots of information available on the EU referendum, from both the ‘remain’ or ‘leave’ campaign. If you want to look at all the issues from a Christian perspective, you may find these extensive links and articles useful on the Christians in Politics Website.
CARE has also produced some helpful articles from Christians MPs on both sides of the debate which you can read by clicking on the links below.
So, you’ve read all the information, listened to the sound bites and arguments and now it’s time to cast your vote on the 23rd June, or before if you are registered for a postal vote.
However, we vote, we should certainly continue to follow the exaltation from Paul the Apostle, in 1 Timothy 2:1-4 to pray for all those in authority, whether we voted for them or not:
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
Also, if you vote differently on the EU vote to the person sat next to you on Sunday or at your next Connect gathering, then let’s make sure we still love one another and disagree well!