Thanks for visiting our website! We hope you enjoy exploring it and finding out more about Christians on the Left. We exist primarily to support, resource and network Christians involved on the left of politics in the UK, but we now also have members all over the world. It's an exciting time of rapid growth with well over 2000 members, including 40 MPs and 15 peers, not to mention scores of local and county councillors.
Our primary identity is in Christ, not a political ideology, but our reading of scripture inevitably leads us to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves”, standing against injustice in all its forms, on the side of poor and needy.
We believe that in his wisdom, God knows us better than we know ourselves, including our tendency towards selfishness as individuals and communities. So we believe that in the pattern of Biblical traditions such as Sabbath and Jubilee, our systems and structures should be ordered in a way that mitigates the inevitable trickle up of power and wealth towards the powerful and the wealthy.
Wise boundaries simply protect us from ourselves and from exploiting fellow humans, not to mention the rest of creation. Any healthy individual or relationship needs boundaries, and so do nations and economies. They encourage behaviour that serves the common good. An economy must be the servant of the people, not its master. We stand against the attempted separation of family life from economic life.
But the change we seek cannot be engineered solely from outside the systems and structures of our world. We are a movement who believe that annoying as it may often be, politics matters. We do not have an option to opt out. For too long as believers we have been shouting from the sidelines rather than getting on the pitch.
This leads Christians on the Left to be involved in many things: prayer, campaigning, standing for election to local, regional, national and European bodies, political theology and communication training, parliamentary events, local groups, written resources, neighbourhood service projects, lectures, and research.
- Andy Flannagan, Director, Christians on the Left