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Hands up if you saw that one coming! Prime Minister Theresa May, with the backing of Parliament, has called a General Election on Thursday 8 June. Those of us who are UK citizens who have lived abroad for less than 15 years are still eligible to vote. So will you be casting your ballot?

 

It’s legally possible, but is it morally right to demand our say in the government of a nation in which we no longer live? When Jesus was asked whether it was right to pay taxes to the Romans who governed and oppressed his fellow Jews, he famously said “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” In other words, go ahead and pay the Romans their share of the coins that had Caesar’s image printed on them but don’t forget to give to God what had his image printed on them – their own lives. So how does hearing that help me decide what to do about the General Election? I still have a British passport and legally qualify to vote, so I will be casting my ballot – rendering to the democratic process what it demands from a conscientious citizen. But I’ll also be offering up my prayers, not just for the outcome of the election but also for all those involved at every stage along the way.

Join me if you can

Until next time,

Rev Judie

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