In her first full-length interview since becoming the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in July, Theresa May shared with The Sunday Times that her Christian faith gives her confidence to know she’s “doing the right thing”.
“I am a practising member of the Church of England and so forth, that lies behind what I do.” – Theresa May
May inherited leadership at one of the most volatile points in its history. The former Prime Minister, David Cameron, resigned in July following the shocking outcome of the referendum where the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, and May was instantly handed the reins, and thrown into dealing with the Brexit decision and its fall-out.
While she admitted to being kept up at night trying to work out how to steer her people through the Brexit negotiations and consequences, the British PM pointed back to her Christian beliefs as foundational to her decision-making and leadership style.
“I am a practising member of the Church of England and so forth, that lies behind what I do,” explained May, signalling her Christian heritage and faith without trumpeting it.
“I suppose there is something in terms of faith.
“Ultimately if you’ve done all that and you believe it’s the right thing to do, then you should go and do it.” – Theresa May
“It’s not like I’ve decided to do what I’m going to do and I’m stubborn. I’ll think it through, have a gut instinct, look at the evidence, work through the arguments, because you have to think through the unintended consequences.
“But ultimately if you’ve done all that and you believe it’s the right thing to do, then you should go and do it – but sometimes it is difficult.”
“What came out of my upbringing was a sense of service.”
The daughter of a minister, May credited her childhood with instilling the core values of Christianity that befits her important role.
“What came out of my upbringing was a sense of service.”More