Legislating Our Morality

Over the past weeks, months and even years Northern Ireland has faced the question ‘should Christians legislate their morality?’

This question has become more hotly debated as the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) have held the position of Health Minister.  Previously Mr Edwin Poots held the position, and presently Minister Jim Wells holds it.

As I have listened to the radio and watched the news I have repeatedly heard the call from the public, politicians and commentators, for the DUP ministers to leave their Christian Worldview at the Assembly door.  Especially when it comes to issues like abortion and blood donations from practicing homosexuals.

The irony of this, calling Christians to leave their worldview out of politics, is that those same people are trying to impose their worldview on people. The reality is that everyone carries a worldview of some description into their place of work – even politics.  It is impossible for everyone to come to the table, so to speak, without a worldview.

As I have considered this more deeply over the past few weeks I remembered a helpful resource I came across on The Gospel Coalition website.  Even though this is coloured by their American context, the brief discussion is helpful as we here in Northern Ireland consider whether or not we should legislate our morality as Christians.

I would strongly encourage you to take 10 minutes and watch this.

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