Those election promises

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

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The UK has just embarked on yet another general election. Once again, the airwaves are full of promises with political parties pledging to spend billions on education, healthcare, and housing. But in a world now dominated by ‘fake news’ we’re deeply cynical that once the election is over many of them will be forgotten. But maybe we have reason to be more hopeful.

In 2017 a study of 12 European and North American nations found that parties elected to office were likely to fulfil their campaign promises to a considerable extent.

In a similar way it’s all too easy to be dismissive of the church and cynical about the Good News that Christians are supposed to represent. But listen to these words from Jesus in a declaration about why he had come, ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me… to preach good news to the poor… proclaim freedom for prisoners… recovery of sight for the blind… release for the oppressed.’ During his life on earth Jesus fulfilled these promises in every way.

Politicians will come and go, making and breaking promises, and then disappearing into history. Jesus, on the other hand, has been keeping his promises for 2,000 years and always will.

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