Campaigns Officer Kit Powney’s reflections

Why should you as a Christian support political campaigning?

Campaigning gives us the power to make an impact and change policies, transforming the world around us.

But why is that important as a person of faith?

God is a God of justice — but we hear this so often in church, it’s easy to forget what it actually means and how world shattering it really is.

Remember the radical life Jesus lived. He died embodying justice. At the beginning of his ministry, He proclaimed:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” (Luke 4:18–19).

Have we forgotten how Christ transformed people’s lives? He challenged the systems and structures that created injustice. He set the captives free. He brought sight to the blind.

Have we forgotten to celebrate the messianic hope that He came to fulfill, all of the promises of the Old Testament that are intrinsically linked to the justice that defines God’s kingdom?

The Christian faith is good news that demands a response. In the fragmented world in which we live, we’re still called to proclaim this good news and to challenge the systems that keep people in poverty.

We have the freedom to speak out against poverty and injustice, whether directly with our politicians or by sharing the latest petition on Facebook and Twitter. The church has always been, and will always be, a community called to shout out for justice, seeking and demanding peace and righteousness where it is lacking.

I am what Christian Aid calls a ‘local lobbyist’. This means I talk to my MP regularly about issues of justice and poverty, hoping to build a relationship with them that will help change the world around us.

You, along with thousands of others, can help us transform the policies that in turn transform people’s lives, bringing joy and hope. So why not join today and become a local lobbyist?

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