The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are pleading with members of the public and those standing for election next month to “reject the language of prejudice” and “not to stoke stigma or hatred towards people” on the grounds of their religion, culture, origin, identity or beliefs.
In a pastoral letter released ahead of the General Election on December 12, the Archbishops ask parishioners to “honour the gift of truth, both to speak it and to seek it”, and to engage with the political debates of the day with humility and love.
They also call for respectful engagement on social media.
“As followers of Jesus Christ each of us is called to honour the gift of truth, both to speak it and to seek it,” they write.
“We all have a responsibility to speak accurately, to challenge falsehoods when we hear them, and to be careful to separate facts from opinion.
“Offering facts and opinions should be done with humility and in love. People who hold different political views are not our enemies.”
They go on to state that Christians have a role to play in building bridges and healing divisions, adding that they will be praying for “debates that seek to unite rather than divide, to bring us together and to rebuild trust in each other, in our institutions, and in our politics”.
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Source: Christian Today