No wonder the Anglican Church is dying when its ministers back the party led by an atheist which opposes church schools.
I guess that believing in God is not a strong factor in who you vote for?
Thank you for your comment on my blog...and specially for doing that I'm not only going to respond in the comments you're going to get a blog entry just for you.
You see it's too easy to say what you have, it requires virtually no thought and it just drives a horse and cart through any kind of complex argument. If you're a Christian you have to vote for Christians. OK now go back and read what I actually said.
Let's get things straight. At this election there were three leaders of three main parties. Mr Brown is a Christian but actually hardly ever speaks about his faith. Mr Clegg is an atheist and Mr Cameron once described his faith as "a bit like the reception for Magic FM in the Chilterns: it sort of comes and goes". So you see there wasn't much to choose from there. None of them stood up and said vote for me and I will promote the agenda of God. They are all basically modern secularist politicians, who essentially want faith the be a private matter. In fact Nick Clegg is to be commended for his honesty. At least he admits he has no place for God in his thinking.
But of course unless you live in Witney, Sheffield or Kirkcaldy you didn't actually vote for these people. In my constituency God was not mentioned in any campaign literature. I have no idea what the winning candidate's beliefs are and I'm not going to speculate on them here. I knew the Liberal Democrat candidate but actually her personal religious opinions never got mentioned in any of the conversations we had, I didn't ask since I tend to find people are a lot more open to the things of God if you don't shove them down their throats. I'm not ashamed of the Gospel it is precisely because it is the power of salvation that you don't need to force it into people's lives.
I have no idea what the UKIP candidate believed or the Labour candidate.
So rather than deciding who you would vote for based on how close their Sunday attendance was to yours. Actually you could do what I do and sit down and think it through carefully. You see no where in over 4 gospels did Jesus ever say vote for...
Quite the opposite he did tend to have opinions like 'render to Caesar'.
It is, I am afraid, slightly more complicated. There are a whole range of Christian opinions and we have to look at them alongside the mainstream party's. You see for some people it's all about the family for them you need to vote for the Party that will defend marriage. They often vote for the right. Interestingly enough there are a least a couple of occasions in the Bible in which Jesus seems to give family quite a low priority. (Luke 8: 19-21)
For some people it is about taking care of the poor and needy. Something the Lord seemed never to shut up about. Those people often vote with the left.
Since there isn't really a Christian party and even if there was actually there are so many different ideas just within the Church that actually it's not actually possible for us to put a coherent manifesto together that actually represents 100% of Christian ideas.
And as to the Church dying, well Harry I hate to point out the complexities of the situation but actually there are a whole bunch of reasons why the Church has declined for the last couple of centuries. One of course is the industrialisation of Britain in the 19th century. With it's rapid relocation of the proletariat, and the severing of their lives from the local church. It is about the growth of post modernism.
And of course one of the biggest reason for the loss of faith is that right from the 19th century on, secularists have viewed themselves as morally superior to Christians. Which of course is something we are doing everything in our power to confirm. An awful lot of people who aren't Christians now view Christians as a bit like them only more murderously hating of homosexuals.
But lets be honest here Harry, out of all the people you could pick in England and point to as an example of a dying Church, I'm probably the worst.
After all I was supposed to be made redundant...and I'm still here mostly because 1,000 students wanted me. We're not in decline here.
So you see it's a bit more complicated.