Thought for the Week

Unfortunately the Kingdom Party was not invited to take part in the ITV Leaders’ debate and their leader, Jesus, was not able to put forward his Party’s policies for a better Britain.

We thought this might be along the lines of what he would have sent us on behalf of his Party.

Desmond Tutu once said, “When people say the bible and politics don’t mix I don’t know which bible they are referring to. It’s not the one I’ve been reading”.

The Kingdom Party policies are very straightforward, easily remembered, and can be written on one side of a note card.

1) Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

2) Love your neighbour as yourself.

Some people say you shouldn’t ‘do God’ in politics. Members of our Party say that their experience of loving God gives them the wisdom, strength and courage to actively engage in the second policy, ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’.

It’s usually easy to love your family and friend but our policy is about loving your neighbour, and your neighbour is the person in the street where you live, and the people you meet and interact with around the world.

To love anyone and everyone is not easy, and we know this. So loving people you don’t know, people you know but find difficult to like, people who have done you wrong, even people you might call your enemy, is not easy. But love sees each and every person as important and when you love like this you sometimes have to sacrifice your own needs and wants and actively work to achieve the very best for each and every single person, no matter who they are or what they’ve done.

Most critically, to love yourself is fundamental to Kingdom Party policies. Many people find this very difficult, however, through your love relationship with God, our first policy, you come to know you are loved, accepted and forgiven, unconditionally. This brings healing and wholeness, and with it the ability and courage to love yourself. You then recognize and understand that, like you, each person is important to God and is also loved, accepted and forgiven, unconditionally.

Now, you can begin to love your neighbour as you love yourself, although this is not always easy.

The policies of the Kingdom Party are simple and straightforward, and we would encourage all voters to find out which of the other political parties support these policies.

But if these policies are implemented in Britain, and indeed throughout the world, we believe all people can look forward in hope.

We’d love to hear what you think of Kingdom Party policy.

But since the Kingdom Party is not running candidates for office this election, we need to do the best we can and learn where those running do stand. With that in mind, come to the Hustings to be held by the Brechin Churches Together this Sunday, April 26, at 6.45 for 7 p.m at the Brechin Baptist Fellowship (16 Clerk Street) main hall, where local candidates will be sharing views and answering questions in this public forum.

See you there,

Grahame Lockhart

For Brechin Churches Together