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re presentation- christians and democracy
Transcript of re presentation- christians and democracy
Christians and democracy
Why should all Christians be involved in electoral and democratic processes to bring about social change?
What are electoral and democratic processes?
the ways in which all citizens can take part in government, usually done through voting in elections.
the ways in which voting is organized
Social change and our campaign
the way in which society has changed and is changing as well as possibilities or future change
Why should you take part? What changes does taking part have in government?
Voting gives you control over taxes including local taxes
People who vote can have a say ion EU spending
Have an opinion about new laws
If you take part, you can have a say in things like lights, school and leisure centers- it is a responsibility
Your ancestors fought for the right to vote, so you should use this chance
Countries where people do not have a say usually are worse off and people are treated badly without a say
The ability to choose your response
Christians and taking part in democratic and electoral processes to bring about social change
God has granted us authority
We need to stand against evil
Christian values contribute positively to society
Obedience to authority demands good citizenship
Good citizenship sets an example for generations to come
'And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.'
“Only through a return to faith in God, as God revealed Himself to man in Jesus Christ, can modern man and his society find redemption from the tyranny of evil.”
Historian John Hallowell wrote:
Other was of creating a change is by forming a pressure group to influence government on a subject that you feel strongly about or creating your own political party so you can try to be elected into power through votes.
Why don't some christians take part in these process?
Sometimes christians can't find a political party that corresponds to ethical demands
The Bible teaches that God is the leader which means that some people do not vote although some people say that Christians have dual citizenship in the kingdom of God and the earthly kingdoms
Christians follow the example of Jesus which no politician could ever follow
1. Voting publicly recognizes that we submit to the authority of the political system in our nation as established by God. Romans 13:1-7
2. Voting recognizes the equality of all people and their right to speak and be heard. James 2:1
3. Voting is one way that we can obey God's command to seek the good of those around us and our nation as a whole. Philippians 2:3
4. Voting shows that we care deeply about who our leaders are as we are urged to offer prayer and intercession on their behalf. 1 Timothy 2:1,2
5. Voting is a simple yet significant way we can do something about politics in our nation. ‘All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing, Edmund Burke. Psalms 34:14
6. Voting makes a difference in the same way a grain of salt makes a difference, and that is how we are to influence our society for good. Matthew 5:13
7. Voting is a privilege not to be taken for granted. Those of us who reap the benefits of living in a democracy should play a part in upholding democracy.
8. Not voting is a form of voting, as it will influence the outcome. We need to take responsibility for our actions, as well as our lack of actions. I Peter 1:13
9. Voting is part of our stewardship to use all the resources we have been given in ways that honor God; to waste a vote is to squander a gift.
10. Voting is Biblical. Jesus commands us to fulfill our responsibility to the civil authority. Matthew 22:21
The Parable of the sheep and goats
The idea of the story is that Jesus will come back, gather the nations and separate good people from the bad, just like the Shepherd separates the sheep form the goats. On one side he will tell the bad people that they didn't clothe him or feed him, but he will tell the good people that they gave him water and visits. This is because anything we do to anyone, we also do to God.
This sends the message that it is out Christian duty to help people and do these jobs. By voting we play a part in ensuring that these things happen. For example, we vote to keep a local retirement home from closing so we give shelter to people.
Cain and Abel- Am I my brother's keeper?
This is about two brothers. Cain killed his better brother Abel because he was jealous of his brother and angry that Abel's offering was accepted, but not his. God questioned him. The parable emphasizes the fact that Cain was trying to deny the fact that he had any responsibility for caring for his brother, as many of us show little concern for our brothers. This links in with voting because if we care for our brothers (people around us) we must take part in democratic and electoral processes by voting for a political party that will look after everyone around us. We have a moral duty to help others.
The Golden Rule
This rule is to treat others as you yourself would like to be treated. When Christians vote they should look at politics and work out the effects on others. It is our responsibility to help the less able, the poor, and people who are worse off.