Why Should Christians Be Involved in Politics?

In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus calls on his disciples to be 'salt' and 'light' in the world. What he means is that Christians are called to bring out the flavours and colours of God right here in our homes, universities, businesses and even in our politics.

Not only is politics just one area where we need to represent God here on earth, it is also a platform upon which we can carry out God's command to give a voice to the voiceless (Proverbs 31:8) and help those in need (Ephesians 4:28).

A better question might not be why should Christians get involved in politics, but why should Christians lead? The answer is clear, if Christians don't step up and be decision makers, someone else will. While we may see politics as a 'dirty game', just like my bath it never got clean by me standing outside shouting at it; it requires me to get in it and clean it.

Our sister organisation, Christians in Parliament, asked the same question to some Christian politicians. Here's what they said: 

For further reading see Can Religion and Politics Mix Today?

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