Social Issues

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Social Issues

There are many things which make this world a fantastic place to live. But maybe you feel that things are somehow not as they should be. Many stories in the daily papers are ‘bad news’: crime and wrong-doing; poor health or drug and alcohol abuse; economic troubles making the rich richer and the poor poorer. Papers aside, you may have seen first-hand examples of bullying or prejudice in your own community.

Can religion provide any answers or insight? Perhaps. Take the Bible, for example. It was written by people, to people. Much of it comprises instructions to new communities. The Old Testament laws helped the people of Israel understand who they were (i.e. people loved and chosen by God) and how they should live as those people. Similarly, the New Testament was written to help early Christians understand what following Jesus looked like. Each group shared a common identity: to be a ‘light’ to other people groups, displaying a community life that was marked by righteousness (i.e. honouring God) and justice (i.e. honouring others).

As such, the Bible addresses social issues head on. What laws are essential for living together harmoniously? What do you do with people who break these laws? What is a good use of money and power? How do you support people with neither? Despite the distance of thousands of years, many Christians look to the Bible to find wisdom for how to deal with social problems today. (For more background information on how Christians interpret the Bible, please look at articles in the ‘Bible’ section of this site.)

This section looks at a range of issues impacting British life today – crime and punishment, wealth and poverty in society, addiction, prejudice and discrimination – and the way Christians view them, based on readings of the Bible and church tradition. You’ll also find articles on Christian attitudes to some of the shapers of our society and values: politics, the media and the internet.

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Turning disability into possibility

One Christian's story

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Bart is a Christian who was born with Arthrogryposis – a condition which impacts his joints and movements. Over the years, Bart has continued to defy expectations of what he can achieve while living with this condition, from playing the piano to driving a car. […]

Believer’s Blog: Why I am teetotal

Why did one Christian choose to give up alcohol?

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Believer’s Blog: Why I am teetotal

Why did one Christian choose to give up alcohol?

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“I hate the taste of alcohol, so I don’t drink it. To me, beer tastes like moldy bread, wine tastes like vinegar and cider tastes like something I’m too polite to mention here. “I’m also a Christian, so you might think, as many people do […]

Prejudice and Christianity

How do we overcome prejudice?

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Prejudice and Christianity

How do we overcome prejudice?

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Prejudice is defined as ‘an ​unfair and ​unreasonable ​opinion or ​feeling, ​especially when ​formed without enough ​thought or ​knowledge.’ If we are completely honest many of us hold some form of prejudice. But what causes prejudices to form? And what is the Christian response to […]

Celibacy – one person’s reason for living a celibate life.

What is celibacy and why might you decide to be celibate?

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Celibacy – one person’s reason for living a celibate life.

What is celibacy and why might you decide to be celibate?

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Although Christians believe sex is something created by God and very special,  the New Testament contains teaching that claims that being celibate and remaining unmarried is the ideal state. This is because if you are not married you have more time and energy to focus […]

Big Issues – homelessness

What is a Christian response to homelessness?

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Big Issues – homelessness

What is a Christian response to homelessness?

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Homelessness is an increasing issue in the UK with an estimated 185,000 people a year now affected. But what should a Christian response be to this ever growing social issue? One Christian charity has decided to tackle the issue head on. This film looks at […]

Big Issues – Poverty

What should be the Christian response to poverty?

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Big Issues – Poverty

What should be the Christian response to poverty?

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Is it right that any family goes to bed hungry? For many people around the world this is a terrible reality. Yet is there anything that can be done to help and what is the Christian response to such poverty? Do Christians have a responsibility […]

Christianity and the Media

How does faith and the media mix?

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Christianity and the Media

How does faith and the media mix?

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Is the media a good thing or a bad thing? What positive things can the media be used for? What negative effect can the media have on how we view ourselves? The media is a complex tool – it can be used for many great […]

Where is God when bad things happen?

Discover the work of 'Hot Chocolate' and how they help in tough times

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Where is God when bad things happen?

Discover the work of 'Hot Chocolate' and how they help in tough times

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Based in Dundee ‘Hot Chocolate’ works alongside young people – who come in off the street looking for friendship and a helping hand. The aim of their work is to make ‘The Good News’ a reality to all that come through the door. Sometimes this means […]

Believer’s Blog

From criminal to Christian

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Believer’s Blog

From criminal to Christian

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Brian is a Christian. Read his story about his experiences of crime, punishment and redemption  “I have experienced both sides of this topic, as a criminal and more recently working for an organisation within the criminal justice system. Since leaving my former life behind I […]

Women in Leadership

Can women be strong leaders?

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Women in Leadership

Can women be strong leaders?

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Ever felt called to do something but don’t know if you can? Discover what happened when Kate Coleman was called into leadership – even though she didn’t believe women should be leaders. Against her own and others doubts Kate has proven that she is a […]