The Political Christian.
by Nick Bishop
Politics is a 24 hour, 7 days a week affair emanating from every news outlet you can imagine. It’s there on social media, television, radio etc and while there are many that take an interest in politics, just as many are turned off by it.
When it comes to politics, Christians are no different to other groups in society. Some Christians feel it is not our calling to be involved in worldly affairs and Christians should only be spiritual, whereas, others think the opposite.
With regards to the political scene in the UK, you will find Christians involved in every shade of the political spectrum, from right to left and everything in between. Christians in politics can be the grassroots voters or the MP’s that represent them.
In Parliament, you will find a cross-party group called, ‘Christians in Parliament’ and on their website you can read their modus operandi. For example, this faith-based group operates to support all members and staff in parliament, organises Bible study and prayer groups, arranges events involving the relevance of the Christian faith in personal and political life and gets together MP’s and parliamentary staff alike, for prayer breakfasts.
Many Christians MP’s such as Tim Farron, a Lib-Dem for the north west of England, feel it is an honour to serve the people of his constituency and bring Christian based politics into parliament. Many Christians feel that as a faith-based community, they should be involved in every facet of life, including politics. As Tim Farron says, “If you can get Christian bus drivers, then why not Christian MP’s?”.
Christian MP’s regardless of party affiliation, feel that because of politicians making decisions that affect people’s lives, Christians should be at the forefront of this, and why not? If policy (whatever that policy is) can be influenced and made better because of Christian MP’s, surely this must be a good thing?
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have certainly spoken about the Christian faith, how it affects their daily lives and how it is important to remember the teachings of Jesus. Both May and Corbyn, have Christian followers and in that respect, those Christians have the right to support either leader just as non-Christians supporters do.
One Prominent and controversial (as some see it) right-wing Christian organisation involved in politics is ‘Christian Voice’. It more than likely that many of their members would support the Conservative party and perhaps embrace the right-wing evangelism known in American politics. For the left of centre Christian, there is an organisation called ‘Christians on the Left’, formerly known as the ‘Christian Socialist Movement’. They tend to be Labour supporters in the main, and, have a passion for ‘bread and butter’ issues affecting ordinary people.
The important thing to remember is that as Christians, no matter what our political leanings are, we must not let our political differences drive a wedge between us. We must respect and tolerate those differences and understand that though we may disagree with their opinions on certain issues, we are all Bible-believing followers of Jesus Christ.
Here are examples where the Bible is clearly talking about politics:
Romans 13:1 “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except God, and those that exist have been instituted by God”.
Psalm 109:8 “May his days be few, may another take office”.
Proverbs 29:12 “If a ruler listens to falsehoods, all of his officials will be wicked”.
Luke 20:25 ” He said to them, “Then render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s”.
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