Christians in politics
Back in the 1990’s, an organisation called ‘The Movement for Christian Democracy’ was born. It was brought into being by three MPs, one from each of the main political parties. It was an attempt to bring together all those who believed in the teachings of the Bible applied to political thought. I was excited by its breadth and balance. There was a ‘maturity’ about it not found in the manifestos of the various political parties. The original attention was not to form a ‘Christian Democratic’ party but to influence Government policy and thinking. Unfortunately, as far as I was concerned, a number of its members believed it was the right time to do just that, so the Christian People’s Alliance (CPA) was born. A number of other groups were also spawned from it. Even though the CPA has put forward a number of candidates, it has not garnered many votes.
A good number of MPs have declared in one way or another that they are Christians, including Prime Ministers. Unfortunately, this often means ‘Christian’ in name only. They have not based their policy on biblical principles, and even if it is, they do not keep to those principles. This has been evident in recent events over same-sex marriage, and homosexuality in general, all for political expediency. To me, that makes you wonder if that individual can be trusted with one’s vote. I could give a number of examples, but it would not achieve anything. Now, as a Christian, one should seek to follow the principles outlined in the Bible. Unlike others, we have a framework to base our thinking and practice. Our understandings may vary from person to person, hence why MPs can stand for the various Parties and still keep their principles. These biblical values means to stand up against their Party when a policy falls foul of the Bible; that means fearing God more than the Whip!
So, when are we going to hear of Christians who are prepared to stick up for their biblical principles, have a wholistic and integrated viewpoint and express it in an attitude of Jesus love?
(Having had a look at the various manifestos of the ‘Christian’ parties, I would not vote for them for a number of their policies are similar to those of the English Democrats, a far right party. Also some of the attitudes that come across in their writings are not very loving.)
Below is a copy of the original ‘Westminster Declaration’ published in a publication of the Movement for Christian Democracy in the 1990s. (Not the one published by the CPA recently.)