At Oakhall Church, we come from a wide range of backgrounds with all kinds of political opinions. Rather than stating one political party or another is “the right one”, we encourage each other to prayerfully investigate the position that candidates and their parties take on different issues.
Here is an article from Christian Concern that offers us some tools to help us to vote in an informed way…
Why get involved
Testifying to the good news of Jesus Christ
Challenging Britain’s departure from God’s pattern for human flourishing
Love for God and for others
God cares about humanity. He made us, He loves us and He wants the best for us. Because He loves us, He has given us a pattern for life. When we depart from that pattern, things go wrong. But God loves humanity to such an extent, that He has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to bring reconciliation with Himself and one another.
Speaking up about God’s plan is compassionate. Christians want to testify to both God’s pattern for life and His power to restore through Jesus Christ. Not to do so would be to leave our society in the dark about the best news in the world, the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
The election season provides an important opportunity to speak of God’s standards and salvation. As we testify about Him, we honour Him.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
There will be many issues debated during the campaign but all of them ultimately come back to the question of who God is and who we are. The Bible tells us that we are created in God’s image, loved by Him and made to relate to Him, reflect Him and rule for Him. Such privilege secures meaning, dignity and direction for life.
There are certain critical issues that quickly reveal whether a society recognises or rejects the reality that we are made in God’s image. It is vital that Christians speak out on them, even if others want to bury them. We highlight four ‘litmus tests’ in our ‘what matters most’ section.
Parliament has power
Parliament has significant influence over the shape of our society, our families and our individual lives.
Over the past five years Parliament has debated some foundational issues and re-shaped our society in fundamental ways. Redefining marriage, failing to outlaw ‘gender-abortion’ explicitly and making the UK the only country in the world to allow the creation of ‘three-parent children’ are just three examples.
Those standing for re-election need to be held to account for the action that they have taken and the way that they have voted whilst they were our representatives. Those who voted in a right way need to be encouraged.
The next Parliament is also likely to be debating big issues. For example, the introduction of assisted suicide, the reform of abortion law, the imposition of sex education on primary school children and the protection of conscience could well be on the agenda.
We need to know where those seeking to represent us stand on these issues. And we need to let them know, graciously but clearly, where we stand and why.
The election race is close
This election is forecast to be one of the closest and most unpredictable in recent years.
The changing political landscape could mean that even in some ‘safer’ seats, there could be some surprises.
Every vote could count.
Many candidates will be all the more eager to listen and interact with voters.
We need to make the most of the opportunity. Asking our candidates where they stand and speaking to them about what matters most.
Even where candidates don’t agree, it’s important that we give them the chance to hear.
So, let’s be bold, gracious and clear in testifying to God’s plan.
See the article in its original context here: http://www.election2015.org.uk/why/