I am writing this on the day after the General Election which saw a major change in the balance of seats in the UK Parliament. It was quite a surprise to all of us – expert and novice alike – and reflects and echoes the turbulent and unpredictable political landscape here and elsewhere in the world. As Christians, the Bible encourages us to take an active role in society, and to be a force for social transformation, so the old adage of not mixing religion and politics really doesn’t apply. I work very hard at keep party politics out of the pulpit (and my twitter and Facebook feeds) but take a keen interest in what is going on in the political world. Christians in Politics is an all-party, non-denominational organisation which seeks to encourage and inspire Christians to get involved in politics and public life. I recommend them as a source of balanced information, who give a good account of how politics and faith can – indeed must – go hand in hand.
We are exhorted to pray for our political leaders and the Archbishop of Canterbury writes today “I encourage all Christians, and people of all faiths and no faith, to hold our political leaders in their thoughts and prayers at this time. My prayer is that they may know the love and presence of God, made known through Jesus Christ, as they continue their discussions and prepare to take on the weighty responsibility of leadership.”
Whatever your reaction to the result of the election, I want to remind us that in these uncertain and unpredictable times, there is an unchangeable truth that nothing can separate us from the love of God through Jesus Christ and that we can put our faith in him. Hebrews 11 verse 1 says this “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” As we work together to find the best way forward for our nation, let us put our faith and trust in God, and allow him to inspire us to do all we can to make the world a better place.