Acts 5:29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings!”
Titus 3:1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities…
Should a Christian become involved in politics in our country? The reasons Tim Farron gave recently for his resignation as leader of the Liberal Democrats highlight the difficulties and personal conflicts that can be encountered. Our faith has red lines that are being violated in a society that is abandoning many of the principles that founded it. God is increasingly being marginalised and considered irrelevant in the UK today. After all, He’s not “politically correct” is He? But back to the question – can a Christian, in all good conscience, get involved in our political system, in any capacity? If I was elected as an MP, for example, do I represent the views of my constituents, those who elected me, even if those views crossed one of my “red lines”? Or do I follow the party “whip” and do as I am told by my political masters? Or do I stick to my beliefs, come what may? Questions that really are difficult to answer in any meaningful way, without discussing different examples and scenarios. I’ve also come across some people, Christians even, who refuse to vote in an election, for various reasons. But my opinion, for what it’s worth, is that each Christian has a responsibility, regarding politics and our method of civil government, to seek God and be obedient to what He is saying, as supported by His Word, and that we should pray continually for those who lead us. So I will continue to vote for the politicians who are closest to what I believe, and will not try and be an MP (too much hassle anyway 🙂).
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It occurred to me that Paul encouraged Christians in 1Timothy 2 to pray for those in authority ,in so doing we may live peaceful and quiet lives.By praying we place these leaders in God’s hands.
I read today the Frau Merkel allowed the German Bundestag to vote on same-sex marriage.She voted against the measure ,stating that marriage is between a man and a woman.She gave her reason that it was in the interests of peace.