On the Forthcoming Children’s Referendum in Ireland – and Making an Informed Decision

I rarely comment on political matters; however the forthcoming referendum is something which I believe could have very deep repercussions for our society as a whole. Most political parties are urging people to vote ‘yes,’ with appeals on hoardings worded in such a way as to touch the heart of any concerned and caring parent…. “Vote yes,” they say, “to protect your children.”

I felt that the information booklet on the Children’s Referendum which was distributed to Irish households did not give individuals the comprehensive information they needed to make an informed choice and so, as an individual who sincerely wanted to do the right thing with my vote, I prayed about it and asked the Lord to show me what to do.

I then discovered that under the new legislation children can be brought out of the country for abortions – even if the child disagrees, while the state can decide to give birth control to children of any age, even if they are below the age of consent.

Children can be taken from their parents and given over for adoption by mere virtue of the fact that they have fallen into poverty and children, far from having ‘rights,’ could, I believe, become pawns in some very sinister decisions about their future, including being forcibly adopted by some highly unsuitable couples.

I am happy to say that all of my children are now in their twenties… but what of their children, if they ever have any? Therefore I cannot be complacent, for what we do as individuals with our votes now, will collectively affect generations to come. I feel that those who claim to know the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour have a responsibility in these matters to be prayerfully informed – just as they have a responsibility, like the saints of Berea, to search the scriptures daily, to see whether the things they are told are correct. (Acts 17v11)

I find it surprising that many people appear to accept blindly every word that is uttered behind a pulpit, just as individuals accept words projected to them from a political hoarding and vote accordingly.

Thankfully in our society we can still read the Word of God, without fear of reprisal – and yet we may discover that if we quote from God’s Word and stand by it, many will be against us. This reminds me of Daniel who “purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank…” (Daniel 1v8)

Those who claim to own the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour must ‘purpose’ in their hearts not to defile themselves by going along with popular opinion or the philosophy of the age. Our every word, action and opinion must be prayerfully considered in the light of God’s Word – whether it is simply casting our votes or forming opinions on something as crucial as the future welfare of little children or older children who have fallen into vulnerable circumstances in our society.

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