Young people are increasingly concerned with the state of our world, nation and communities. They are demanding action on social justice, climate change and many other issues that affect our lives. However, often they feel disengaged from politics. Our leaders are not meeting their expectations of integrity, honesty and transparency.
As Christians we can show God’s love in politics, serving and leading as Christ has taught us. We can bring Christ to the centre of society. As the Dutch Theologian and Prime Minister Abraham Kuyper said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” Politics allows us to give a voice to the voiceless, tackle injustice and be salt and light to our nation.
By volunteering at food banks, running local support groups, and even sharing the latest climate news on social media, we are being political. But can we turn this activity into political decision making? Our faith and passions can lead us to engage in politics. We can attend local meetings, start a campaign, or join different political parties, where we can build relationships, influence policy and make decisions that bring lasting change. Some of us might even be called to stand for election.
Our aim at Christians in Politics is to see young Christians with a desire for justice and righteousness serving their communities, engaging with the political debate and building relationships across the political divides. In this light we have setup Young Christians in Politics, which aims to equip and inspire us to engage in the most fruitful and compelling way possible.
The project is led by young Christians from across different church traditions and political parties. Our Facebook group provides a forum where we share experiences, opportunities to get involved and prayer requests, as well as supporting each other in our political journeys. Last January, Christians in Politics held the event 'The Next Step: Getting Involved in Government and Politics After University', where students had the opportunity to hear the biblical case for positive engagement in government, as well as question and learn from MPs and civil servants. It is fantastic to see the growth of these young leaders as many members have spoken at events, worked in parliament, campaigned in local elections and some even been elected.
1 Timothy 4:12 says “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” Young Christians are changing politics. They are bringing the passion and enthusiasm that can see the next generation impacting every sphere of society and culture. They are placing the Kingdom before their political tribes. Can we continue to bring forward new politicians who act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God? (Micah 6:8).
Jack is the Young Christians in Politics Coordinator and LDCF exec member. He is currently studying Environmental Management with Business at university.
This blog post comes from our annual magazine. To find more stories of 'faith in action' click here: 2019-2020 Magazine