Frequently Asked Questions
Christian engagement in politics in the UK has often been characterised by adopting a 'protest position' around specific issues. Protest is legitimate and important, and there a strong prophetic tradition in the bible and church history of speaking out against unrighteousness and injustice. However, it is only one part of a broader call to engage. In order to speak and act effectively across a broad spectrum, it is also necessary to articulate a positive vision of society. This involves communicating a clear picture of what is good and beneficial for our communities and nation as well as speaking out against what is harmful.
This kind of positive engagement is a powerful way of conveying a gospel of hope in the 'public square'. It also ensures that, when we do recognise a need to oppose on certain issues, our views will continue to be taken seriously.
We have to recognise that Christians do not always agree on issues of doctrine and policy. Few would disagree that a concern for the poor and for family life are key biblical emphases. However, whether we should respond by reducing the tax burden to encourage philanthropy or by raising taxes to fund social welfare payments is not quite so clear!
We are seeking to encourage Christians of all denominations and political opinions to become more extensively and effectively engaged in political life. We actively encourage individuals and groups to prayerfully take a view on the issues of the day, in line with their biblically informed convictions. For this reason, as a project we will not actively endorse any particular doctrinal or policy position.
No. Politics is a spiritual matter! The gospel message is relevant to every area of our lives, including our political life. When we bring Godly wisdom to political debate with an attitude of humility and confidence, society is blessed as a result. And when we communicate Christ in the 'public square', the good news is preached in words and in action.
- Andy Hawthorne OBE at 2011 National Prayer Breakfast
- Blogs and Websites - Church Movements
- Generous Justice
- Freedom and Order: History, Politics and the English Bible
- SUSA - the video
- Biblical, missional, and possible
- Susa booklet 'A City on a Hill'
- One Nation but Two Cities - Christianity and the Conservative Party
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