Why Evangelical Christians can and should be involved in public life

Yesterday, Tim Farron resigned as leader of the Liberal Democrats explaining that he felt “torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader”[1]

Today, people are asking whether or not Christians who believe the Bible’s teaching on moral matters such as abortion and same-sex marriage can still be involved in public life or whether their view now in effect bar them from mainstream politics and high office. Continue reading

Leadership lessons from #GE2017

I promised some practical lessons for leaders from the General Election. This is because whatever we think about the specific political qualities of different candidates and parties, there’s a lot we can learn about leadership both from what they do well and what they do badly. Continue reading

What do you make of the DUP? – Continuing reflections on a Christian Response to the General Election

The General Election result is still making waves. One result of the hung parliament is that Theresa May is seeking some kind of arrangement with the Democratic Unionist Party to try and continue to govern. Fascinatingly, quite a lot of well-informed people have admitted that they didn’t know who the DUP were and had to google them.  The news coverage has been generally unfavourable portraying them as bigots and odd-balls.

So, in a moment I want to make a couple of comments from a Christian perspective but a little bit of background might be helpful. Continue reading

Hanging in there? – How do we respond to the General Election result?

I’d planned two little articles this norming, one entitled “For those who got what they wanted” and one “For those who didn’t get they wanted.”  Well this morning we wake up to a hung parliament and so we could say that nobody gets what they want! Continue reading

Making your mind up – “I don’t know who to vote for”

The lesser of two evils?

Last year I wrote about those times when voting is difficult because it feels like a choice for the lesser of two evils. You may recall that I said at the time that it is okay to choose not to choose, in other words, not to vote for either option.

My reasoning was simple. So often, the message goes out at elections that it doesn’t matter who you vote for so long as you vote.  That cannot be true, can it?  All viewpoints are not equally valued or ethical. What about the person who goes and votes for a neo-fascist committed to racial supremacy? What about the person who opts for a hard-line Marxist committed to the elimination of all religion?  Is the important thing that “at least they voted?”

I said in the article that when we do not feel that there is a suitable choice, then it is okay to say “I refuse the options put in front of me.” This is itself a choice. Continue reading

What kind of leader?

In a democracy, we use elections to choose our leaders. This means that the questions we ask are not just about parties, ideologies and policies. We want to choose the right people and so character is important. In a General Election, there is a double decision to make. We vote for a specific candidate and we will want to think about their suitability but we also know that our local decision will affect the national picture and who eventually becomes Prime minister.

In this article, we look at the characteristics that God looks for in a leader. We are going to do this by looking at Deuteronomy 18. We need to be careful in handling this passage because first and foremost this is about the leaders that God chose for his people Israel. This means that we won’t want to just apply it straight to a modern secular state. However, I think there are some helpful principles here. Continue reading