Posted by: Jack | June 10, 2009

Voting for Europe

Our Voting Paper - almost newspaper format

Our Voting Paper - almost newspaper format

Last week was Rebecca’s first time to vote. Wednesday evening, after returning home, Rebecca and I bicycled together to the school where we could cast our vote. There were no lines, so we quickly got our paper (no electronic voting machines this time). Remember that we have multi-party systems in Europe, so she first had to decide which of the 15 parties to vote for and then whether to vote for any of the 20 or 30 individuals listed under each party or just for the top name. Imagine all this on a ‘voting paper’ that folds out to the size of a newspaper page. Anyway, we found the right box, colored it red, and deposited in the box.

We are proud to be part of the 42% that showed up to vote, not a very high percentage at all. By now we have seen all across Europe a marked move to the right: towards protection of our economies and often against large scale immigration from Third World or Islamic countries. That’s really no surprise, given the current crisis. We had already noticed that entry and visa regulations into Europe become stricter every year. Pray for continued open doors for people to come and serve in the Netherlands, and for the Lord’s work through the political process to enable Christian to lead “quiet and tranquil lives” so that God’s message of salvation can be widely and clearly proclaimed (1 Tim. 2:1-7).

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