Newsletter May 2015
Politics is definitely in the air at the moment. It is impossible to escape the promises and the accusations, the claims and counter claims as the various parties and candidates vie for our votes.
It would, of course, be easy to be turned off by the whole circus and opt out, and historically, some Christians have chosen to do just that, arguing that since their citizenship was in heaven, people of faith did not have an interest in the government of this world. However, most Christians have recognised that a citizenship in heaven provides solid ground from which to critique and engage in politics. Taking their cue from God’s call in Jeremiah 29v7, they “seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you…and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare” which naturally invites, even demands, political involvement.
More than that, by focussing on the life of the city as the concern of God, Christians have found a wider arena for the activity of faith in all its forms than the narrow confines which the church provides. We can too easily allow ourselves either to busy ourselves overmuch with the endlessly fascinating(!) minutiae of church life or to be squeezed out of the public space of the city and its politics by a wider society that sometimes regards faith with suspicion or disdain. Neither will do: people of faith have a significant and important voice within the public arena which needs to be heard. Indeed, it needs to be heard for the sake of the city itself rather than any self-seeking purposes, because the perspective of faith fosters real concern for the well-being of people which can often be lost in the political melee. It is in that sense that the vision of any Christian is one of a city alive to God, for it is in the discovery of God’s concern for human life that a city truly comes alive.
You will have the opportunity to engage with the local Parliamentary candidates at our Hustings events at the end of April. The details are
April 28th St. Andrew’s Great Linford 7.30pm North Constituency
April 29th Christ the Cornerstone 7.30pm South Constituency
If you would like to ask a question, please submit it to John Moffoot by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before Sunday 19th April.
Our June Assembly will also take up the “city” theme and explore together what a vision of a city alive to God might look like. Everyone is welcome. The details are:
June 10th Whaddon Way Church, Whaddon Way, Bletchley – 7.30pm, A City Alive to God
Please note that the June Assembly also functions as our AGM and we will be looking to elect Trustees to the Mission Partnership, so if you are interested in becoming a trustee, please do get in touch with us.
P.S. coMPass courses on Prayer, Ruth and Reading the Bible begin soon. Sign up now to avoid disappointment.