Part one.

I love talking politics, I am not sure I am very good at it.
I don’t have the analytical mind or ego that seems to go with being in
politics. I also come from a denominational background that discouraged any
involvement in politics or political debate. But that was a different time and
a different place.
The world of the young Christian leader has changed out of
all recognition to my day. The challenges they face are very different. The
voice of Christian reason and values, its morals and ethics have in many places
become a whisper. The left wing secularists and the media openly discourage
Christians from expressing their views, as being out of step with modern
society.
I think that Christians in Europe are more reluctant to
engage in politics than our cousins across the pond. While we aspire to uphold
freedom of speech, we do so very quietly, a whimper almost. In the United
States freedom of speech is ingrained in the culture and in their founding documents,
American Christians are a lot more vocal when it comes to issues that appear
contrary to their values.
Here in the United Kingdom the church has capitulated, in
some instances, to the voice of secular inclusiveness. The church is no longer
a force for change, it can no longer hold the ethical and moral centre ground,
it has become nothing more than a charity with ancient roots, faith and hope has
been replaced with good deeds and handouts.
Young Christian Leaders must understand that the Christian
worldview is a valid opinion based in reality and not, in a rudderless postmodern
world, where everything and anything is permissible. By getting involved in
politics at local or even national level, we once again shine a light of reason,
not dogma, on what otherwise can be a one sided argument.
Young Christian Leaders, remember you are in a community,
responsible for a flock. You have a voice, if you feel you can make a difference,
then do so.

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