The relationship between people and the Government is vital to the health and strength of a society. Each are dependent on the other, and each need checks and balances to prevent the other from overreach or abuse. At the Evangelical Alliance we believe political authority is created by God and is therefore good. But people do misuse power and so checks on power are essential.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to advocate for good systems which respect human dignity and promote human flourishing. Democracy initially grew out of Christian principles, and we view it as a good gift that should be valued and used wisely. Christians should act as salt and light as witnesses to Jesus as we seek to see God’s kingdom come now’, while we wait for Jesus to return and restore all things.

As we work to encourage good government, we want to see systems that are just, fair and transparent. We engage with government on conversations about electoral reform and democracy, House of Lords reform and how the justice system operates. We also continually invite our members to contact their MPs, engage with government consultations and participate in elections, using their voice to seek change that is informed by their Christian faith. It is important to have views not only on the outcomes but on the mechanics of how our government operates.

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” – Romans 13 : 1