In the UK, Christians tend to be more likely to vote in elections and more likely to be members of political parties than the average member of the public. However, there are many Christians who would say they don’t ‘get’ politics, don't care about it, or simply don’t understand the difference between the political parties. Some of the same people hold strong views on education or the NHS, for example, but somehow there is a disconnect between their experiences of and passion for these areas and their thoughts about politics.
With the General Election less than 160 days away, Jubilee+ wants to encourage Christians to get involved in politics because we believe that Christians have a unique, specific contribution to make to the decision-making process. Just as we are at the forefront of social action, so we need to not shrink away from the public sphere, but instead take our seat at the table and make a positive difference for the common good.
If you would like to effectively and meaningfully engage with politics and the election, but don't know where to start, the Jubilee+ Faith + Justice conference in February may be of interest. We will be exploring some of the hottest topics in our society today: immigration, welfare and benefits, the economy, and life issues. How can we think biblically on these matters, and on political engagement in general?
We partnering with the Evangelical Alliance, Care and Tearfund to run this event. Christians in Politics will be there, with representatives from the three main political parties.
Whether you’re not sure what politics has got to do with faith, or you're politically active already, this event (held in Milton Keynes on Saturday 7 February) will equip and inspire you to engage with the issues of our day and empower you to play your part in public life. To get the early-bird rate, book your place by 9 January 2015.