Bishops in the Church of England are appealing to Christians to take part in politics ahead of upcoming elections, calling for a fresh moral vision for Britain.

The bishops said in a 52-page letter issued Tuesday that it is the duty of every Christian to vote May 7. The letter, the first of its kind, touches on topics such as the concept of a living wage and Britain's relationship with the European Union — political subjects with moral implications.

The Bishop of Norwich, Rt. Rev. Graham James, says the bishops are aware that voices in British society, notably comedian Russell Brand, have been arguing that voting is pointless.

Jones says that while the bishops "don't quite have the sex appeal of Russell Brand, we think that we should counter it."