An insomniac Scots Calvinist looks at the Church and the world and wonders where it all went wrong

At a recent public meeting concerning homosexual marriage I was puzzled. One of the speakers said that he was surprised that the Conservative Party was so indifferent to the concerns of Christians. I was surprised at his surprise. Why should anyone expect the Conservative Party to have any concern for Christians and their values?

Benjamin Disraeli, Creator of the Modern Conservative Party

Probably the greatest of Conservative Prime Ministers and a creator of the modern Conservative Party, Benjamin Disraeli, described his party in power thus: “A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy.”

The Conservative Party have always been frightened of ideology, which is why they promote so few conviction politicians. Margaret Thatcher was a conspicuous exception, and was hated by the Tory grandees for it. For Conservatives conviction politicians are dangerous. This is one of the reasons why at their last internal election the Conservative Party rejected David Davis and instead chose David Cameron, a conviction free zone, as their leader.

Between leaving Eton and Oxford and becoming a full time politician Cameron has had only one job in the real world outside of politics. Cameron took what one of his friends described as a “borderline respectable” job as a PR man with Carlton TV. He has sharpened his skills and continued in his trade since becoming firstly an MP and now PM.

A few days ago David Cameron spoke to Christian leaders gathered at Downing Street. His speech, ably dissected in his excellent blog by Cranmer, was one in which he used Easter as a time to try to reconnect with Christians.

A nominal Christian, Cameron clearly regards Christianity as an agnostics guide to holistic living, a small dose of Christianity will help you be a nicer person. Apparently Cameron has no appreciation that if you ignore Christianity any society built on it will eventually crumble. It appears, however, that Cameron thinks that Christians should be more up front about their faith, something with which it is hard to disagree. But how well do Cameron’s actions measure up to his own statements?

It is his government which is:

  • Pressing for homosexual ‘marriage’
  • Going to the European Court of Human Rights to oppose the right of Christians to wear a cross at work
  • Doing nothing to help promote marriage in taxation legislation
  • Doing nothing to protect Christian health workers who have no wish to participate in abortions
  • Set on repealing Sunday trading laws in England and Wales

The list goes on. It is clear that Cameron has lost none of his PR habits, saying one thing to cover up contrary actions.

Ben Bradshaw, Labour MP for Exeter and the first cabinet member to enter into a civil partnership, has attacked Cameron’s plans to legalise homosexual marriage as “pure politics” and insists that Britain’s homosexual community do not need such “marriages.” When he argues that Cameron is pushing this proposed legislation as a public relations exercise because he wishes to show that the Conservative Party has modernised it is hard to disagree with him.

As Bradshaw said, “This is not a priority for the gay community, which already won equal rights (within civil partnerships).”  It is, however, a “passionate” priority for David Cameron who appears more concerned about image than substance.

Christians should not be surprised when politicians of any party propose policies which are antithetical to a biblical position. They are in the power business, not the principles business. Neither should we be surprised when, like Cameron, they treat us like gullible idiots. At least not whilst we act like gullible idiots.

Neither of the two main parties now represent the views of their core vote. Even the Lib Dems have betrayed their supporters. All have abandoned their essential political ideologies and camped on the nebulous, meaningless middle ground which they think represents middle Britain. It doesn’t. And yet we allow ourselves to be treated by them as voting fodder. Gullability is not a particularly attractive characteristic. We should make politicians realise that if they want our votes they have to work for them.

The homosexual lobby have done this supremely well. Homosexuals make up a tiny minority of the population. According to the Office of National Statistics male homosexuals, lesbians, bi-sexuals,  the transgendered and all the variations, permutations and deviations thereof make up 1.5% of the population. A minority of that tiny minority wish the legalisation of homosexual marriage. Yet it is homosexual marriage which all the parties, including the Conservatives, are pushing and which the hugely influential media supports. All credit to the homosexual lobby, they know how to work the system.

Meanwhile Christians sit back and moan and for the most part let politicians do what they wish to do and not what we, their masters, wish them to do. If we accept this we deserve the contempt with which they treat us.

Nadia Eweida and Shirley Chaplin claim that they were discriminated against when their employers barred them from wearing crosses. They are taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights. The government document prepared by Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone, and approved by Home Secretary Theresa May, for presentation to the European Court of Human Rights  basically says that Christians must be content to keep their faith for their own time. Yet another Tory privatisation.

We need not acquiesce. We can approach our friends, relations, people at work, fellow Christians, those who share interest groups with us and reason with them on all issues of concern to Christians. Christianity need not be a secret service, even MI6 and the CIA advertise today. Politicians, of all parties, should be continually presented with calm, reasoned arguments against their un-Christian plans.

Following a recent post I was told that reason would not work. The alternatives, however, are unattractive, civil unrest or apathetic surrender. One problem is that we have not, as a body, tried reason. A few lone voices can be safely ignored. A mass of voices presenting reasoned arguments from a biblical position cannot be ignored.

We will be rejected at first, but reason will prevail. All truth is God’s truth and will win through.

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Comments on: "Make Them Work for Our Votes" (4)

  1. Tony Foreman said:

    I wonder if you believe that there is no legitimate place or time for civil or – interestingly – ecclesiastical disobedience?

  2. Tony Foreman said:

    I recognise that this is a sensitive subject and would not want to press you on it. Personally, I think that the situation in the Church of Scotland is so grave that ecclesiastical disobedience is justified.

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