Sunday Thought – 30.06.24

While we in the UK don’t directly vote for the next leader of the country (as some democracies do), what we do choose to do matters in the bigger picture – and many are trying to predict the outcome already. The 2024 general election is probably going to be the most opinion-poll-heavy ever, but how reliable are the polls? For the 2015 general election in particular, the polls failed to accurately predict which party would win! That election aside, the margin of error for polls is usually around 3% for samples of over 1000 people (https://post.parliament.uk/general-election-polling-in-the-uk/#heading-6), which won’t make much of a difference if a party has a lead of say 20% but can be more misleading if parties are more equally popular.

On one occasion, Jesus asked his disciples what opinions people had of him, not by taking a poll but by repeating what they had heard said. They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets” (NIV, Matthew 16:14). It’s clear to say there was a low level of accuracy from that poll, but what really mattered was Jesus’ next question: “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” (v15).

If you are a Christian, take time today in your worship of the Lord Jesus to tell him your answer to his question. Tell him that you know who he is and what he has done for you in going to the cross to save you, giving him your love and thanks in acknowledging him as the leader of your life.

Prayer Points for the Week:

  • Pray for people to be responsible and conscientious in their voting, whatever their political leaning.
  • Pray for Caribbean residents as the first major hurricane of the season approaches their islands.
  • Please pray for the situations in Ukraine and the Middle East. For peace; for aid to get through to those in need; for those mourning the loss of loved ones.