A Call to Prayer for the Dutch General Election, 15th March, 2017

The European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) calls on Europe’s Evangelical community to pray for the people of the Netherlands as they go to the ballot box on 15th March.

EEA is neutral when it comes to party politics but it is not neutral regarding our responsibilities and mission as both Christians and citizens.

It is alarmed at the growing phenomenon of angry, polarising, post-truth rhetoric that is infecting political debate in many nations, including the Netherlands.

28 parties seek to get elected, making it difficult for Dutch voters to choose. Aggression and emotion make dialogue impossible at times. EEA especially condemns irresponsible language that dehumanises particular communities or turn them into scapegoats.

Fear, anger, mistrust and sometimes hatred are dividing the nation.

But we pray in faith to the King of Kings who works out His Kingdom purposes beyond the failings and confusion of human beings.

Please pray for

  • truth to be both valued and revealed and for voters to consider the common good;
  • the rejection of hatred, intolerance or violence towards anyone and encouraged by anyone;
  • Christians to use their vote wisely and to engage with hope and truth in debate with family; friends and colleagues;
  • politicians of hope, courage, peace and integrity to be elected into positions of influence.
  • faith to be given a voice (the campaign slogan of the three Christian parties).

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  (Romans 15: 13 – NIV)

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