THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: We need politicians with conviction – it is time to either gather or scatter

Rev William Ruddle
Rev William Ruddle
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As I write, David Cameron is in Brussels trying to negotiate a new relationship between the UK and the EU.

Most Europeans I know find his stance irksome at best, or just downright annoying.

“Either you Brits want to be in the EU or out – stop trying to face both ways,” they say.

Their argument has appeal. So often, we seek to be both/and rather than either/or with no-one knowing where we really stand.

Jesus took an equally unequivocal stand at times. Matthew 12:30: “Whoever is not with me is against me, whoever does not gather with me, scatters.”

Wow, now there was a guy who didn’t mince his words. You have got to respect him for that, haven’t you?

As a nation, we desperately need politicians with conviction and I hope the forthcoming EU referendum will raise up such men and women on both sides of the debate.

Maybe we need more politicians like Jesus, who knew where he stood, didn’t mince his words and who ultimately called us to either stand with him or against. Gather or scatter? Choose you must.