Leaders need our full support as they make tough decisions, says Sheffield minister

I’ve tried to avoid writing about Covid too much in this column, but it feels unavoidable today, as tier-three measures begin for South Yorkshire.

Saturday, 24th October 2020, 12:30 pm
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference inside 10 Downing Street in central London

However, amid the headlines and heartache these new restrictions are stirring up, let us pause for thought.

There will undoubtedly and sadly be further casualties and damage as a result of the winter season of lockdown. People’s health, employment, finances and wellbeing will suffer.

I will be praying, along with thousands of Christians in our city, for them.

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The Reverend Nick Allan

Our region reacted to the announcement this week with pain and some anger.

But what about those people in positions of authority who have to make these tough decisions?

Are we still willing to clap for them, are we caring for our carers?

Leadership is hard. Our leaders need our fundamental support in this season.

There is a difference between moaning or critiquing those in authority, and downright hostility, or hatred.

It is inconceivable that our national government, our council, our local public health officials, the police or social services are not trying their very best to serve the best interests of us all.

There is no roadmap to navigate a pandemic, our leaders have never been in this position

before, so tough decisions, even wrong decisions, will be made from the best intentions.

The Bible is quick to critique rulers who deliberately do wrong or perpetuate injustice.

Jesus spoke truth to power, and coined the term ‘hypocrite’ for those who set one standard for

the public and another for themselves.

Yet, the Bible also calls regular folk to work with their leaders, not against them.

St Paul said: “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities?

“Do what is right, and they will honour you.

“I urge that prayers and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life.”

If it were me or you in the hot seat, we’d want people’s support and prayers for these unprecedented times.

The Reverend Nick Allan is a minister at The Well Church, Ecclesall Road, Sharrow – see wellsheffield.com