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UK Christian leaders: “Pray for our new government”

Christian leaders and organisations have expressed their views on the UK's General Election results, where Labour overturned a 14-year-long Conservative leadership.

Some conservative Christians have raised concerns about the potential changes the new Labour government might implement, including gender-identity and assisted suicide. The Labour Party has pledged to make it easier for people to get a sex-change operation and introduce “a full trans-inclusive ban on conversion practices”. New Prime Minister Keir Starmer stated he was “personally in favour of changing the law” to allow assisted suicide in England and Wales.  

Evangelical Alliance CEO Gavin Calver said the election result “represents a significant change for UK politics but also comes with a significant burden of responsibility, and I am praying for Sir Keir Starmer and his incoming government. I’m praying the words of Psalm 72 that God will give him wisdom and a heart for justice, that he will stand up for the poor and for children in need.”

The Christian Institute’s Acting Director, Ciarán Kelly, emphasized the importance of Christians praying for and engaging with their MPs. He urged believers to build “constructive” relationships by communicating with their MPs, inviting them to speak at their churches and asking questions. He also encouraged Christians to prompt their MPs to “pass laws which restrain evil and promote good.” Mr Kelly stated: “I would encourage Christians to commit to pray for their local MP – whether or not they voted for them. Get in touch with them, ideally in person, and let them know that’s what you’re doing. This is a great opportunity to start building a new constructive relationship, or renew an existing one. For example, many of the more than 5,000 churches that support the CI have previously invited their MP to a Sunday service and found them more than willing to attend. These men and women need our prayers and the Bible instructs us to pray for them. They also need to hear from informed Christians prepared to urge them to pass laws which restrain evil and promote good. Make your Christian voice count.”


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