Tim Farron has just stepped down as leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrat party, over his difficulties with balancing his leadership role with his faith in God.
I cannot tell you how delighted I am to see this news, because recently he has been heavily questioned over whether or not he believed that gay sex was sinful. He bowed on the issue, eventually stating that he did not think that it was, and I am sure that many Christians in the UK saw this as a terrible error on his part. I am pleased that his inner conviction is now clear, that he cannot manage to balance these two roles and please God.
Announcing his departure to staff at the party HQ, he said: ‘At the start of this election, I found myself under scrutiny again – asked about matters to do with my faith.
‘I felt guilty that this focus was distracting attention from our campaign, obscuring our message.
‘Journalists have every right to ask what they see fit. The consequences of the focus on my faith is that I have found myself torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader.
‘A better, wiser person than me may have been able to deal with this more successfully, to have remained faithful to Christ while leading a political party in the current environment.
‘To be a political leader – especially of a progressive, liberal party in 2017 – and to live as a committed Christian, to hold faithfully to the Bible’s teaching, has felt impossible for me.’ (Link)
So, well done to Tim Farron for stepping down – I hope you will all keep him in your prayers now, as he makes this transition. He is right that political leadership is no place for a Christian in a worldly party like the Lib Dems.
God Bless you