Politics is More Important Than Ever - Could it be Your Mission Field?
In the midst of the Brexit and COVID-19 crises, politics has become more important than ever. For many more young people than previously, the impact of decisions on our individual lives has gone from the abstract to up close and personal. The 2019 UK General Election saw a turnout of around 47% amongst voters aged 18-24, with many young people reporting that politicians felt distant and they did not feel that their vote could make a difference. A year later, no longer do policies on the news feel like intangible or theoretical… politicians speak at evening press conferences and this changes the way we live our lives the next morning. For students, this has meant waiting to find out whether they will be able to return to their university campus after Christmas or to sit their exams and how their family will be affected amongst many other things.
The pandemic has also shown how vital the characters of politicians are. Just like business leaders, political leaders establish the culture and are role models and influencers of the public square. It is in times like our present crisis, when a government is making life and death decisions on our behalf, we need to be able to trust them. In any relationship, trust is built by an accumulation of promises fulfilled and truth spoken.
If we are created in the image of God, as set out in the theological idea of Imago Dei (or ID as I’ll call it) from Genesis 1:26-28, then the link between governance and character shouldn’t be bypassed, as it often is in our current public square. Quite simply, if we are made in the image of God then we are called to govern because He governs. And we are called to govern in a way that represents Him to the world.
If you look at the memoirs and biographies of every Prime Minister of the UK, you will quickly see that their defining moments weren’t policies and manifestos, but their response and reaction to unfolding events. We need leaders who aren’t easily influenced by shouts from Twitter, “The City” or other vested interests. We need leaders who pause to consult ancient wisdom and scripture. We need leaders who put a high value on truth, so that when they look us in the eye and tell us something we don’t want to hear, we can bear that cost with trust and a sense that we are together serving a common good. We need leaders of character.
And at Young Christians in Politics we are wondering if you might be one of them. We as Christians are called to show up actively and prayerfully through politics in order to see transformation in our communities and nation. We long for the sight of young passionate Christians working together in government, locally and nationally to bring about God's Kingdom in our United Kingdom. It is when we show up and engage with our world that we can influence what happens in our nation and pray His Kingdom Come.
Do you want to take The Next Step? On February 10th, we are holding The Next Step event where you can find out more about getting involved in government and politics after university and explore what it means to make politics your mission field. Join as we speak to MPs and graduate scheme representatives about what working in politics is like and why Christians are called to this sphere. There will be an interactive Q+A time with the panel and the chance join breakout rooms to find out more about the graduate opportunities at the end of the event. We would love to see you there!