Making a plea to the Christian community the Bishop has set out three clear questions that he will be asking candidates before deciding which way to vote. Writing for the Huffington Post the bishop asks himself ".Do I have deep enough reasons for voting? Or am I - are we all - being steam rollered into casting my vote for parties and politicians caught up in a system that promotes self–interest over the common good?"
So these questions reflect three key concerns arising from the House of Bishop’s letter “Who is My Neighbour” They are, as the bishop says, “questions that speak of a society where the least and lost are supported, the poor looked after, the victims given a voice and the marginalised cared for.”
Will your candidate be putting the common good, and especially the interests of the poor and the marginal, at the heart of your policies?
Will your candidate work with churches, faith communities and all people of good will to shape a society where all can flourish and where the stronger will readily and gladly help the weaker
Will you be striving to fashion a healthcare and welfare system that treats each needy individual with respect and honour as a priceless, significant person (made as we would say in the image of God)?
Through these questions Bishop Paul wants to encourage all Christians in our diocese make a similar pledge about their voting intentions. Make the pledge, in your churches, in your communities in your families by downloading the form, completing it and telling others that you are voting for a fresh moral vision.
As Bishop Paul says “My responsibility is not to moan, but to vote. To vote, and to work for the common good. My responsibility is to vote for, and work with, those with the moral vision and courage to work for a better society.”