British Political Future Could Be Up in the Air

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LONDON - Parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom have left the nation in a political limbo.

The Conservative Party won more seats in the race, but not enough to form a new government.

Economic issues dominated the election, but some Britons have other concerns. For examle, U.K. Christians were more involved than ever because they see their values under attack.

The election results mean Prime Minister Gordon Brown will stay in power until he either resigns or tries again to win a majority vote. Leadership will be shared between the main parties in Parliament.

But what impact did Christians have on the outcome of this election?

More than 48,000 Christians signed the Westminster Declaration, calling for the protection of human life, marriage, and freedom of conscience in the U.K.

Andrea Williams, director of Christian Concern for our Nation, said the declaration shows Christians should be taken seriously at the ballot box.

"It is absolutely vital that the candidates that a future government, that the parties know that the Christian voice counts," she said.

Christian candidates disillusioned with the established political parties ran independently.

"I've been in an established party and I've found that when it comes to matters of godliness and or righteousness they all fall down," said Rev. George Hargreaves, who won a seat for the Christian Party. "What they expect you to do is tow the party line and follow their lead and I find that totally unbiblical."

Mike Judge from the Christian Institute in the U.K. hopes the newly elected Christians will continue to stand up for biblical values.

"It's good that some Christians have been elected to Parliament in our general election. But you know the real test of a Christian is how do they vote on the moral issues when there are key votes in Parliament," he said. "How will they speak out? Which way will they cast their vote? That's what we'll be looking for."

Judge remains concerned that no single party has made a stand for religious liberties for Christians.

"I am concerned that the main political parties haven't been speaking enough about liberty of conscience and freedom of religion," he said. "Christians have been increasingly marginalized in Britain."

"Whether that means Christians losing their jobs because of some of the ethical beliefs that they have or Gospel evangelists being told by police that they're not allowed to share the Gospel in a public place," he added.

Christians appear determined more than ever to continue to stand up for religious liberties in the U.K. that are increasingly under threat.

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Peter Wooding

Peter Wooding

CBN News United Kingdom Correspondent

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