A New Government
The general election in the United Kingdom has produced the esult most generally expected: a House of Commons in which no party has a majority. The outcome is a coalition government made up of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties. Comment has been passed in recent issues of this Magazine on the views of the leaders of these parties. And the unscriptural moral attitudes of the previous Labour government were clearly reflected in some of the legislation which they passed during their 13 years in office.
We should acknowledge that it is God’s providence which has placed us in this potentially-unstable situation. As a nation, we have sinned; we have rejected God’s laws; we seek to live without Him. We clearly do not deserve the blessing of strong, stable government, which is so necessary in the present dire economic situation. Yet we should remember the inspired exhortation of the Apostle Paul: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men”, and, in particular, “for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Tim 2:1,2). The Lord is able to change the hearts of our rulers and of the nation at large.