As Christians look towards Jesus’ cross this Easter, they should also consider how best to use their cross on the ballot paper, says Dr Fiona Gannon, Chair of the Union of Welsh Independents’ Council. She called on Christians to oppose policies which would hit the most vulnerable in society through further cuts to benefits. Politicians should exercise compassion and justice, she says in her Easter message, released through the press and media.
“As we approach Easter, our thoughts are focused on the cross, the instrument of Jesus’ suffering and death before his glorious resurrection. But this year another type of cross demands our attention – the cross on the ballot paper. Will the outcome of the election lead to more widespread suffering, as the major parties warn of yet more austerity? As Christians, how can we offer hope in such a situation?
“The threat of deeper cuts in the benefits system which supports the poorest and most vulnerable in society is a major concern. There’s talk of saving a further £12 billion by – amongst other things – reducing or scrapping the payment to carers and those seeking jobs, as well as taxing elements of the benefits received by people who are ill or disabled. There’s a very real risk that many won’t be able to afford the basic necessities, and that an increasing number of elderly, sick or disabled people will have to be admitted to residential homes or hospitals because they can no longer get home care.
“With Easter falling in an election period, as Christians we have to help carry the cross of the weak and vulnerable in society by opposing any political policies that attack security, justice and compassion. As we prepare to put our cross on the ballot paper, may we vow to renew our efforts to uphold Christian values in society and lobby our politicians to ensure that Wales and the UK in general respect those values.”