Views from the Pews: Did you use your vote in election?

Rev'd David Everett, Market Weighton, Goodmanham and Sancton.
Rev'd David Everett, Market Weighton, Goodmanham and Sancton.

In a week’s time everything will have settled down once again in UK politics after the election. Many will say “thank goodness for that!”

I’ve had my fill of politics and all that seem to me to be empty promises. If you are anything like me you will have found it difficult to choose between the various offerings from the political parties.

None of them seem to have a clear focus on the real needs of our country.

None of them seem to be willing to address the big issues that we face, the growing inequality of wealth, how we cope with the growing number of older people and their needs for health and social care.

Nobody is addressing the need for integrated energy and transport policies which when agreed take many years if not decades to implement. All we seem to get is “promises” on popular issues so as to gain votes in this election.

Difficult though it may be that still leaves us with the question “did you vote?”

The right to vote was hard fought for and should not be taken lightly. There are still many countries where the people do not have that right.

For me the parable or story that Jesus told of the Good Samaritan gives us a good pointer. In this story Jesus leaves us in no doubt that those who walked by on the other side of the road and left the person who was in need because it was difficult were not being good to their neighbour. The one who did help was praised.

I believe that if we do not vote because it is difficult –then we are like those who walk by on the other side.