Shine a Light

Join us on social media for a week exploring how we can engage in politics from a Christian perspective. Starting 22nd June 2020.

Get involved by engaging with us online during the week.

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If you're been inspired by what you've seen this week, then why not join LDCF? We seek to engage, connect and equip our members and together we can have a louder Christian voice within the party.

Resources from the Week:

Organisations:

Christians in Politics is a cross party, non-denominational group that seeks to inspire and equip Christians to engage with politics. Check out their website for resources and to find out why and how you can get involved. If you're a young person, you can also get involved with Young Christians in Politics through their Facebook group.

Christians in Parliament is an All-Party Parliamentary Group which supports Members and staff in the houses of parliament through bible studies, prayer groups, events and policy discussion. Sign up to their mailing list to recieve updates of their work and support them in prayer.

National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast is hosted by Christians in Parliament as an annual opportunity for parliamentarians to gather and pray for our Parliament, government and politics. This year the event will be livestreamed, with address by the Rt Revd Dr Graham Tomlin on the theme of 'Hope and peace in a time of fear and suffering'. Sign up to attend via eventbrite.

Just Love is a movement inspiring and equipping Christian students across the UK to pursue justice. You can check out their resources page which covers a range of issues and topics. It even includes the story of how former LDCF chair and current Director Elizabeth Jewkes' idea of raising the Income Tax threshold became Government policy, showing it is possible for an ordinary member of the public to make a difference.

 

Books:

Those Who Show Up - Andy Flannagan - In this book, Andy provides a compelling vision of how our churches can be beating hearts that fill their members with passion to take the gospel into all corners of society. It equips us to show up in the decision-making process so that we can advance the Kingdom from the political system.

God in Public - Tom Wright - Writing with similar care to CS Lewis’ The Weight of Glory, this book examines how we can use Biblical principles to address current concerns. Tom Wright is well-loved as a scholar of the New Testament and an easy to read writer and this book – an anthology of lectures – while deep in places, is helpful throughout.

God's Politics - Jim Wallis - This book tackles both extremes of politics without becoming partisan. It looks at how we convert spiritual values into social change. Praised by Bono and Desmond Tutu, it places the emphasis squarely back on our shoulders to be the enablers of change.

A Better Ambition: Confessions of a Faithful Liberal - Tim Farron - In his autobiography, writing with warmth, humour and honesty, Tim explores the build up to his leadership of the party as well as the scrutiny of his Christian faith. Follow his story whilst exploring the role of religion in public life.

Lib Dems Do God - Our book, presented as a collection of articles by Christian Liberal Democrat MPs and Peers demonstrating the positive contribution the Christian faith brings to politics. Alasdair Campbell famously said of the Blair Administration "we don't do God", so challenge that and see how Christianity is alive and kicking within the Lib Dems.

Experiments in Living (PDF) - Stephen Backhouse - Part of a series of extended essays by the Bible Society and Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics exploring the influence of Christianity in British political parties, with Conservative (PDF) and Labour (PDF) counterparts.

 

Shorter Reading:

Annual Magazine - LDCF - Each year we publish a magazine with thoughts, comments and reflections from parliamentarians, activists and members of LDCF. You can download our latest edition here: Faith in Action Magazine. Find previous editions on our Issuu page.

Why should Christians be involved in Politics - Christians in Politics - Taking its lead from Matthew 5:13-16 where Jesus calls on his disciples to be 'salt' and 'light' in the world, this article points us to videos and other articles on the site. These together explain what Christians in Politics believes and does.

The Church gets involved in politics because that's what Jesus did - Archbishop of Canterbury - Not a man to mince his words, the Archbishop weighs in with some thoughts about the subject. He notes, rather morbidly, that three of his predecessors died because they were involved in politics...

Can love power the change we need? - The Trussell Trust - Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the NHS as ‘powered by love’ following his recovery from coronavirus. Martin Luther King Jr. once said: ‘Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.’ This article looks at whether love and kindness can make a significant difference.

Should Christians get involved in politics? - Written by the UCCF Politics Network - part of the wider group of Christian Union's across the country - this article explores if Christians should engage with politics

 

Prayers:

God of All Government - Christians in Politics

God of all Government

Send workers into the harvest field of political life. Call your people. Not simply those who pay you lip service, But those who hear your voice and know your name,

Those who will not serve two masters, Those who will choose kingdom over tribe, Those who are not ashamed of the gospel, Those who will speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

Those who will seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, and plead the case of the widow, Those who will seek to reconcile more than separate, Those who will seek to co-operate more than compete, Those who will seek peace more than power,

Those who will choose your glory over self-promotion, Those who will choose truth over expediency, Those who will listen to the still, small voice more than the megaphone of the media,

Those who will care for the least of these, rather than genuflect to the greatest, Those who find their identity and security in divine election more than their election by man,

Those whose citizenship is in heaven, and whose primary allegiance is to another King Those who cannot help but speak of the reasonfor the hope they have, Those who know your grace for their failings,

Call out an army that will march on its knees in humility

To fight not with the weapons of this world

But the invisible ammunition of your Kingdom. Amen

Unlocking the Doors - Inderjit Bhogal

Wondrous and holy God, creator of the universe, you make all people in your own image, you live and work in our midst. You bless us with an immense variety of cultures and ways of responding to you. You show us new patterns of living and loving in Jesus. You give us strength by your Holy Spirit.

We bless and thank you.

Forgive all among us who put boundaries around your presence, love and work; who use diversity to divide people - to demonise some and accord privileged status to others; who seek to dominate or destroy those who are different.

Have mercy on us all.

Show us all how to live and work with others; to receive diversity as a gift and not a threat; to move beyond tolerance of those who are different to mutual respect and trust. Show us the art of listening with respect to one another. Grant us the help of your Spirit that in humility we may share with others our faith and story.

In the name of Christ. Amen

 

 

Thanks for exploring these resources as part of our online 'Shine a Light' week. We'd love to continue inspiring and equipping Christians to get involved in politics, so why not join us so together we can have a louder voice in the party?


 

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8