Another King and Election Day

6 May

Updated with a few thoughts of my own at the bottom

This is merely a link to two sources more qualified  to write on this issue.

Stephen Steele has posted a portion of an essay he wrote during his History MA.

“…no member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church can vote at a Parliamentary Election and be an honest man; for either he has made vows and professions which he believes to be wrong, or he has broken vows which he believes to be right.”

Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland Synod 1893

Jim Murdoch on behalf of the Loughbrickland RPC session has written an article entitled “Honouring Christ With Our Vote” with the tagline “there is another king, one Jesus” (Acts 17:7).

“But we must ask: is there anywhere a candidate who is committed to practical dissent from the Christ-dishonouring aspects of the constitution and a return to the obligations of the Solemn League and Covenant? Has any made even the slightest public assertion of the rights of Jesus Christ over politics as King of nations? We have not heard of any such. This silence means that loyalty to King Jesus requires we vote for no-one. “Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back?” (2 Samuel 19:10). “

Loughbrickland RPC

A few thoughts:

  • If an RP decides that this is now a matter of conscience (something of which I am not persuaded) then surely they should not publicly flaunt their view that it is acceptable  to vote without seeking to justify doing so by the testimony’s criteria. Doing so would definitely not be showing a teachable and submissive spirit.
  • We should not major on the minors. This is a minor issue. It should not be handled in the same  manner as key doctrines of the faith but neither should it be ignored.
  • I applaud the Loughbrickland session for providing clarification for their members and think that a denomination-wide consideration of what is biblical in the 21st century might be a good idea. Looking at the length of time coalition governments can sometimes last this may be need before the customary 4 or 5 year term.
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