Every generation, it seems that some Christians get stirred up about the political sphere and put their energy into bringing political change to the nation. A burst of activity occurred in the 1990s when MMP was introduced in New Zealand, but unfortunately, two parties split the Christian vote and both failed to get over the 5 percent threshold needed to get into Parliament, so their efforts failed to have an impact and gradually fizzled out.

Another surge of political interest is happening now, but there are some dangers in this activity that Christians need to be aware of.

Government Bureaucracy

A second way for Christians to have an influence in the government sphere is to get employment in the Public Service. The staff of government departments have a big impact on policy development. Based on my thirty year's experience working in a government department, I have the following observations.