David Booth – Christian Peoples Alliance: I think that we have reached a point in time, where it is worth a re-think of the current popular politics and parties, as to whether they are really serving the interests of Christians.Friday, March 26th, 2010
This is a guest post from David Booth of the Christians Peoples Alliance:
I think that we have reached a point in time, where it is worth a re-think of the current popular politics and parties, as to whether they are really serving the interests of Christians. There are Christians in the main parties and they do try to influence proceedings, but how effective are they really at steering the course of our national and local government towards making policies and behaviour that follows scriptural morals in their parties? I have time
and respect for Iain Duncan Smith’s recent research of society, but the leadership of his party has promised to promote certain civil activities that may sooner or later adversely impact upon churches.
The Labour party which now occupies the middle ground in politics has actively encouraged policies which have already and will have in the future, a very bad impact on our society and now the Dispatches program has revealed that the party has been infiltrated by a muslim group, called the Muslim Forum of Europe.
Our nation’s politicians of each of the 3 main parties, have been enjoying and promoting a liberal approach of endorsing the ‘rights’ of some groups in society, above the interests of others, following the fashionable causes of our time. I believe that this will be seen in a dim light by a future generation. We have also been led into wars with questionable motives and legality and even more questionable outcomes. Our sanitized term ‘collateral damage’ masks the reality, that we have used weapons which have killed and mutilated civilians, who were innocently trying to survive in wars which they had no involvement in. They were simply ‘in the wrong place, at the wrong time’. I wonder how a just God view this?
Our society is changing so rapidly, both in its demography and in its competing ideologies, but where in all this, is the Christian voice to lead us towards righteousness? I believe that God has the power to bless a nation and people who do righteousness and seek Him, but conversely, I believe He also has the power to correct a nation that forsakes Him! Our politicians have lost their vision for morality and instead, seek ‘every man, to do what “seems” right in his own eyes’. This is why we have politicians interpreting rules, regulations and roles, in ways which exploit the public purse for their own material and monetary benefit – because each does what seems ‘right’ or ‘acceptable’ in their own eyes! No wonder we as a society, don’t even blink when we are told that there are 200,000 babies aborted every year in the UK, as if they were ‘just another irrelevant statistic’, forgetting that each of those babies is a human being just as we are, ‘knitted in my mother’s womb’. Yet don’t we find in the Bible, that God condemned nations who burned their children in the fire, or who killed children and babies? What became of those nations?
Whilst, a Christian should be and is instructed to be concerned and care for the ill and dieing, day after day, we were hearing about the ‘pilgrimage’ of people from the UK, going to end their lives in Switzerland, yet now no one takes much notice, after all, if people want to end their own lives…haven’t we glibly accepted this as a nation already, without questioning not only the inherent dangers in such behaviour, but also the potential implications for the elderly, disabled or disadvantaged in our society in the future? Haven’t we all swallowed the pill of ‘de-valuing life’, in replacement of its sanctity?
Meanwhile, some of our cities will become predominantly muslim in a relatively short time, and they will be naturally seeking political representation for their faith in some form or other, as Islam is more of a political ideology than a faith. So we can expect in time that both on a local and nation level, Islam will assert its values and expectations in a way which has not been seen before in the UK. Already, it has been estimated that there are some 90+ Sharia courts operating in the UK, in a parallel legal system, which has been given the force of law by the UK government, where it does not contravene parliamentary laws. If later on, our parliamentary laws are changed by muslim pressure to reflect islamic preferences, then this will eventually open the door to a fuller implementation of Sharia laws in the UK, by Sharia courts, possibly leading to punitive justice (a somewhat worrying prospect!)
Also, a larger and larger proportion of the British population are being alienated from politics altogether and this is leading a growing number of people to support extremist parties and organisations, including the BNP, who I predict will attract support in this next election. However, the underlying motivation of the BNP, is not of a godly nature, despite their references to Christ and Christianity, to mislead and attract voters who seek the ‘Traditional England’. Anyone searching on YouTube, would be shocked to see some of Nick Griffin’s earlier speeches, where he was filmed openly describing his tactic of telling people things which were ‘appealing’ and ‘clean’, but that really his intention was to promote his agenda for the white anglo-saxon race exclusivity. I can predict that in time, we will see a more intense violence on our streets with racist groups, muslim groups and anti-racist groups..all coming to a head! Its all too predictable!
Moves to make the House of Lords into a mainly elected chamber, may remove our traditional ‘bullwark’ of Christian conscience from our parliament, by removing the privelege of the Bishops from their office in the Lords. Once this has gone and I believe this is now only a matter of a relatively short time, where will the Christian voice be for our nation in Parliament? Unless Christians are representing Christian views effectively, our parliament will drift further and further into secularism and its consequent legislation, with little regard for Christians to act according to their faith in matters of employment, business, socially or church.
So what can a Christian do in the middle of all this? – just get on his knees and pray and then in the polling booth, close his eyes, vote for a non Christian choice in the hope that whoever he votes for will do God’s will? In the past, when Christian values were more widely accepted by our society and hence by our politicians across all parties, then this may have had some credibility, but now…?
It is my view, that it is only people who recognise the mess and the dynamics that we are in, in the light of the gospel, that can choose to make a difference. It never ceases to amaze me, how when I have mentioned politics to Christians, that many Christians have responded with negativity, varying from cynicism, to a response of saying that Christians shouldn’t be involved in politics or even shouldn’t vote. Yet some of these same people will then go out to the polling booth and vote for a non Christian candidate whose party promotes values which are against Christian values, and even designs policies which may discriminate against Christians and churches!
It is time to change tactic from looking at short term politics and voting according to family tradition, to instead, voting for a sea change towards Christian values, not just for us, but perhaps more importantly, for our children and grandchildren. We should not miss this opportunity and neither should we take our current democratic right to vote for a Christian choice, for granted.
I believe it is time for a change in politics and that it is now time for Christians to stand up and be counted, to say ‘enough is enough’ of ungodly laws and policies which will be to the continuing demise of our society and country. The CPA seeks to offer this kind of change, by offering a Christian choice.
We need men and women with the discernment to see the mess that we are in and conversely, the vision of a Britain which puts compassion above greed, and righteousness before the rights of fashionable minorities at the expense of the church.
If you would be prepared to support the CPA or stand for election, (even as a paper candidate in the local elections), then contact the Christian Peoples Alliance party, via their website at: http://www.cpaparty.org.uk