One of the questions I am often asked is what my grand plan for the God and Politics blog is. The simple answer is that I don’t have one, other than to continue to get Christians engaging with the culture and society we live in, not being afraid to speak up for our faith and living it out in public. The vision for this blog was given to me by God and no one else. I never had any intention of doing something remotely like this until God birthed it in my heart. English was my least favourite subject at school and I have no great passion for writing. I’m certainly not in this for the money – it costs me several hundred pounds a year to run the site and do the necessary networking. I have no interest in being famous, which was why I kept fairly quiet about who was running this blog for the first year or so.
When you start writing a blog, it is incredibly hard to estimate what level of interest it will generate. I can still remember the first day I got over 100 views in one day and feeling that it had been a major achievement. Things have moved on a bit since then. After nearly three years and 493 posts, God and Politics is averaging over 1,000 views a day plus 954 subscribers, 6,000+ followers on Twitter and is regularly ranked as one of the top 100 blogs in the UK. Whilst it is incredibly encouraging to see how much this site has grown, ultimately I am far more interested in following God’s lead.
It does leave me with a dilemma: where do we go from here? Do I just keep plodding away or do I seek to do more somehow? It is clear that despite what some secularists and atheists would like to believe, religion is refusing to shrivel up and die. In fact it is increasingly featured in the news headlines. The relationship between, Christianity, other religions, society and culture both here and abroad still has great significance. Christians need to have their voices heard if Christianity is not to be misrepresented or misunderstood. This blog plays its own small part here on the internet, but its influence is limited.
At Justin Welby’s media reception in January I met Archbishop Cranmer, the well established and widely read blogger (with a monthly readership in excess of 100,000). Our blogs have a great deal of overlap in the subjects we cover. His may be more right-leaning than mine, which I try to keep fairly balanced politically, but we both share a passion for God’s truth and His church. We began discussing how we could achieve a greater impact through our writing. We agreed that there really ought to be a site that took the best Christian writers engaging with current affairs and united them to provide a louder and more effective voice.
On the day that one union is on the brink of separation, another one is about to begin. After much prayer, discussion, thought and planning I will be joining with Archbishop Cranmer at his brand new website which launches today. This is a merger rather than a take over. I will be writing in exactly the same way that I have here at God and Politics on exactly the same subjects and inviting guest writers to come and share their thoughts as I currently do. Between us we hope to engage a wider audience building on the strength of both of our blogs to hopefully create something better and with more clout than has previously been the case.
For a short while, God and Politics will continue to operate; posts that I put up at Cranmer will be posted here afterwards to give space for the transition process.
Thank you for sharing this blogging adventure with me. This site was the beginning and it certainly won’t be the end. We look to stay faithful to God, moving on to new things with our eyes still firmly fixed on our Saviour who is mighty to save.
Please come and take a look at my new home where I will begin writing very soon: