Just as we all suspected, the election campaign has largely been about one thing: what are we going to do about the deficit? The battle has been fierce and yesterday it all started to get quite personal. And in the midst of such conflict, some issues seem to have been ‘missing in action’. For sure immigration has been given a good airing along with some discussion of the best way to support families. Transport policy had its moment in the sun thanks to a drifting cloud of volcanic ash and defence policy featured due to the second leaders’ debate. The discussion around political reform seems to have only been driven by speculation about the result. But what about the others? The environment has suffered badly despite the Greens being in contention for the first time in a Westminster election. Civil liberties have hardly been mentioned whilst religious liberties (an important stream within) has all but been ignored outside of church-based hustings and Christian media outlets. And perhaps less surprisingly, overseas aid has not featured at all. It seems we’re only concerned about suffering abroad when we’re nowhere near a polling booth. As the campaigns wind up (or is that down) to their conclusion, the focus has become narrower with claims and counterclaims about cuts. Is negative campaigning winning out over positive persuasion? No doubt there will be lots of analysis to come, which were the issues that decided the day etc. I think the engagement from the Christian sector has been a mixed bag, scaremongering isn’t purely the domain of the unbeliever. But I have sensed greater overall involvement from the Christian public than ever before and the desire to get personally connected has been really, really encouraging. I think we could see growing numbers of Christians seeing politics as their vocation in the years to come. Recent days have demonstrated that it’s not always a comfortable place to be and vitriolic attacks are weapons deployed by dark forces. When it comes to winning battles it’s all about people in the right places at the right time. For too long in the 20th century, the church was missing in action. May the 21st be a very different battleground scenario.