Some Church of England clergy are in a lather over UK comedian Russell Brand’s urgings for young people ‘not to vote’ in the forthcoming election.
Lining up alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bishop of Norwich Graham Jones - who believes Christians ‘have a duty to vote’ - is trying to counter the ‘profound effects’ of Russell’s comments, which have apparently been endorsed by heiress Jemima Khan.*
So who’s right? The established Church of England? Or the alternative (and often controversial) comedian, Brand? Whose views are most in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ?
If you really want the answer, check out Jesus’ own words at John 17:16 and John 18:36. By his actions, Jesus also showed his determination to resist political involvement – John 6:15. And he identified the real ruler of this world in John 14:30. (See also 1 John 5:19).
According to The History of the Christian Religion and Church, During the Three First Centuries – Augustus Neander (translated by H J Rose) “The Christians stood aloof and distinct from the state, as a priestly and spiritual race, and Christianity seemed able to influence civil life only in that manner which, it must be confessed, is the purest, by practically endeavouring to instil more and more of holy feeling into the citizens of the state.”
Nice one, Russell!