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A Prayer for the General Election

Heavenly Father
source of all truth and wisdom,
who knows and loves the whole creation,
watch over our nation at election time:
that truth may prevail over distortion,
wisdom triumph over recklessness
and the concerns of every person be heard.
Amen
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These important reflections apply regardless of one’s political colours. To put Christ at the
heart of our voting intentions and our political thinking means to allow the language of value
and virtue to shine through. I’d urge you all to read the Bishop’s Letter and to make up your
own minds.
The letter offers interesting and thoughtful reflections on the state of our nation today. I’m
afraid that the letter has been caricatured in parts of the national media as being pro-Labour
and anti-Conservative. I do not find it do be so. It calls on all political leaders to seek to
cultivate “values” rather than to simply rely on the intractable mechanism of either the state
or the free market.

In the conclusion to the letter, the following two paragraphs appear:
                                                                                           Daniel Hartley
Election Fever
What then, does it mean to the put the person of Jesus Christ at the heart of our voting
intentions at this year’s General Election? Again, I’m sure that there will be as many answers
to this question as there are people doing the answering.

The Bishops of the Church of England have written a Pastoral Letter entitled Who is my
neighbour?
A Letter from the House of Bishops to the People and Parishes of the Church of
England for the General Election 2015.
This letter can be found online at:
https://churchofengland.org/media/2170230/whoismyneighbour-pages.pdf  
This letter is about building a vision of a better kind of world, a better society and better
politics. Underlying those ideas is the concept of virtue – what it means to be a good
person, a good politician, a good neighbour or a good community. Virtues are
nourished, not by atomised individualism, but in strong communities which relate
honestly and respectfully to other groups and communities which make up this nation.

Strong communities are schools of virtue – they are the places where we learn how to be
good, how to live well and how to make relationships flourish. They build on the
traditions through which each generation learns its national, local and family identity.
Virtues are ways of living that can be  learned, but which too many trends in recent
decades have eroded.