"The Voters have let us down."

"The voters have let us down. I hope they don’t live to regret it."

These are the immortal words of Amber Valley’s former Council Leader, Chris Emmas-Williams. His party lost control of his council and he lost his seat into the bargain. Whether or not the electorate of the east Derbyshire district will regret Mr Emmas-Williams’ departure as much as he does, time will tell. He may have been a good egg, but he is now forever associated with that proud and arrogant sentiment. The voters did not owe him a living, nor any particular loyalty. You may have guessed that the Amber Valley’s former representative was a Labour casualty of the working class’ defection to the Tories. Yet the Conservatives themselves, the so-called ‘natural party of government’, have previously enjoyed a sense of entitlement, a hubris longing to be tamed. The pendulum will swing soon enough the other way, and an invigorated, fresh-looking Labour Party will scoop votes from a tired-out Tory Party.

All rulers, kings, presidents and yes, councillors, lose their sparkle. Their promising reigns and tenures become exhausted and jaded. They look to self-interest rather than the public good. Their zeal becomes lethargy, and they think the people exist to serve them, and not the other way round. In contrast, we have the cosmic potentate, Jesus Christ. Though He had every, absolute right to rule and judge us, He condescended to save us, to serve us, to rescue us:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

-Matthew 11:28-30

Though we have let Him down, He never lets us down. We will always regret living and dying without Him. Vote for who you wish, or don’t bother voting at all. But for heaven’s sake, don’t ignore Jesus Christ.

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