New government; new hope?

Well, what an historic night.  As David Cameron entered No.10 as the youngest prime minister in almost 200 years, all of us (of whatever politics) are looking for a brighter future.  Can a new government provide the stability and prosperity we crave?  We must pray for them:

1 Timothy 2:1 – 2 1I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—  2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Jesus’ manifesto though was on a scale and a depth all together different from any manifesto I have read recently.  It’s a pledge of total transformation for the whole person and the whole community.  It’s what we actually need:

Luke 4:18 – 19 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.     He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners  and recovery of sight for the blind,  to release the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”

As his followers this remains our mandate.  Jesus himself said:

John 20:21 21 “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

If this be the case, and whoever occupies No. 10, our hope still lies in the church not the cabinet.  If you’re a follower of Jesus, that’s you and me.