This post is the second in an unintentional series on politics the first post is It’s nearly over.
If you’ve read my last post you will know that I find it uncomfortable when Church Leaders are strongly directive or supportive of one particular political party. I’ve talked already about the potential in such a position (what ever the party of choice is) of political rhetoric becoming an abuse of a position of spiritual leadership.
Another reason why this sort rhetoric form Christian Leaders concerns me is because I think it means the leader in question eventually loses the eternal perspective when it comes to politics.
Out-and-out support for a specific party means that sooner or later you write-off the other parties and with it the people who are members, leaders, workers and supporters of that party. When talking about politics you end up forgetting that ALL people no matter what party they support or work for are loved and wept over by a loving God.
This has been particularly prevalent I notice in the run up and aftermath of the debacle that was our General Election here in Britain.
Following lots of interesting people as I do on Twitter and the just as interesting but more personal friends I have on Facebook has opened my eyes to the final remaining legitimate prejudice. Tory hating.
It seems that these days it doesn’t matter what political party you support as long as you display a complete distrust and hatred for the Conservatives. This view point is sad enough, to see no redeeming factors in any group of people. But to constantly hear this rhetoric from church leaders (including one exceptionally rude and offensive CofE Bishop) is tragic.
You may not like the Tories, you may have philosophical issues with their policies. But why should any Church leader (or potential leader) feel it is acceptable to consider the whole party, their supporters and any one who holds what is a valid political opinion worse than Satan and his demons?
Perhaps I am naive but I tend to think the best of peoples motives, even if I don’t like them. The Tories are not evil, they are not viciously out to oppress the poor or anyone else. They have sincerely held views, they are people who entered public service because they felt a duty and a desire to serve the public. This I believe is true of all of the main parties, whether I like them or disagree with them, they are serving people seeking to bring change for the common good.
Sure there are rogue MPs (in all parties) just as there are rogue priests and Church leaders, but that should not tarnish all MPs.
All this nasty and and snide commenting on one particular party is not Godly and it saddens me to see our Church leaders behaving so shamefully.