How not to mix politics and faith

This is a lesson how not to mix politics and faith. The offices of the “Christian Party” were vandalized following the launch of a new bus advertising campaign proclaiming that there is a God. This of course is very sad and who ever attacked their property were cowards. But listen what the advert reads on the buses. The adverts were launched by the party last Thursday in response to the British Humanist Association’s bus adverts, which states: “There probably is no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” The Christian Party’s adverts are displayed on 50 London buses and carry the slogan: “There definitely is a God. So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life.”

There definitely is a God. So join the Christian Party and enjoy your life

I’m all for, as readers of this blog have already gathered, for Christians to get involved with politics and social action but this fuzzing the boarder between Church and party Politics is unfortunate. Christians, even Churches, should be involved in politics but one must be careful when theses church drive into politics turn into party politics I think. I have full sympathy with Christians who take an active role in politics even party Politics; but I have no sympathy with those Christians who are active in single issue, or selective issues, party Politics. All Christian political parties are by default single or selective issue parties.

What exactly is the point of this bus advert? Is it directly evangelistic or is it political? Is it an invitation to a new life with Jesus or is it an invitation to join the political party? I would presume that the party holds right-of-centre values therefore this type of single issue party politics does nothing except than turn 50% (or more) of the population against considering the place for God in their life.

This advert, in my opinion, could have been a good thing but instead it has put up a screen and has fuzzed the simple Gospel of Christ. Christ is for all, not just those who want to join the political party as well.


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3 Responses to “How not to mix politics and faith”

  1. gethin Says:

    😦 now I’m all disillusioned – I saw loads of those adverts in London over the weekend (interestingly – didn’t see any of the humanist ones). I didn’t get time to look at it carefully though, so it didn’t occur to me that it was a political party! i thought they meant a proper party. ah well.

  2. Carl Morris Says:

    What a mess. In general I’m with this guy (despite my jocular comments).

  3. Cliff Martin Says:

    “Christian Party” as in “Jesus blow-out event” sounds great!!
    “Christian Party” as in political is, perhaps, the ultimate oxymoron.

    … and yes, Steve Lawson gets it right this time.

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