I wonder how you are feeling in anticipation of the Election this Thursday? Are you feeling like this is an opportunity for a better future or possibly you’ve lost all hope in the process all together? Are you excited by the manifestos of the leaders or do you struggle to trust what they say? Whatever happens on Thursday, the new leader will have a huge role in setting the tone and direction of how we will be as a United Kingdom.

As we approach Christmas, we are reminded of the prophecies of the Messiah found in Isaiah that speak of the Kingdom that he would bring.

Jesus was born into a horrific political climate; Judea was occupied by the Roman empire that oppressed its people often with force and brutality. The Jewish people longed for the promised Messiah and many hoped he would raise an army and take control.

However, Jesus did not raise an army, he didn’t even start a political party, his Kingdom was going to be very different.

He was not born into a position of power but into a carpenter’s family. He did not have dignitaries rush to honour him, but his first visitors were the lowly Shepherds. He was not recognised and exalted by the religious powers in the region but by astrologers and foreigners from afar.

God’s Kingdom is not a country or a political party but a spiritual and a relational one. We, in unity with Christ, are the Kingdom of God, and in coming to earth at Christmas, in his life and resurrection he has clearly shown the tone and direction his Kingdom is taking. I think Philippians 2 puts it perfectly:

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father.’

God’s Kingdom is not spread by political power but by you and I following Christ in all our interactions with others. As we imitate the love, compassion and humility that Christ showed we are creating a people of one spirit, that is building a Kingdom greater than any there has ever been or will be.

Let us pray and participate in Thursday’s Election but also know that we are part of a very different, everlasting and more powerful kingdom with God and each other.