Although considered remote by many, Tiree’s residents will have the opportunity to vote in Thursday’s referendum. Like most places in Scotland the vote is split between the “Yes” and the “No”. When the poll closes the ballot boxes will be flown off the island enabling the result to be declared the following day.
The significance of the referendum cannot be underestimated and is regarded by many as a once in a lifetime event with major consequences no matter the outcome of the vote. Whatever way the individual vote is cast and whatever the outcome, for many the decision touches the head and the heart and has stirred deep passion and emotion. It is therefore important that there is not just an acceptance of the result, but an acceptance of one another, on Tiree, in Scotland and within Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
There is an even more important vote than the one that will be cast In Thursday’s referendum. Joshua said to the people of his day, “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” He declared, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” We too face a similar choice, whether to serve the false gods of this age or the One, True and Living God, who has revealed himself in Jesus Christ. This vote reaches beyond a lifetime and into eternity.