This is the month of election fever in the UK as we approach the elections that will decide national government for the next years.
Asking how Christians should vote is not sensible as Christians are people that will represent many different views.
How will I vote? That is the question I have been pondering.
I think the huge national debt that every individual in the UK carries needs to be addressed as soon as possible to lessen the huge burden we are leaving to our grandchildren. So far I get the feeling that the Conservatives are the most honest about the awfulness of the austerity that must like ahead of us as a nation. So should I vote Conservative then?
I instinctively would prefer a government that cares about social justice and through the tax system gives support and care to the most vulnerable. I do not believe in the ‘trickle down theory’ which, as far as I can see, is just a way of legitimising selfishness and greed. So by that reasoning I should be turning more towards a Labour vote.
I have two problems with this Labour government.
I believe they have blood on their hands from the illegal invasion of Iraq. I can not forgive them for that. Some would say other parties supported them and would have done it. But the others did not do it, it was Labour who led us into this horror.
I also cannot forgive this Labour government for being anti-Christian. It is they who have presiding over the the changes in our society which have brought about increasing discrimination against Christians.
A veteran Labour Peer, Lord Donoughue, has said he is “ashamed” of the “intolerant bigotry” towards Christians that exists in his own party and others.
In a letter to The Tablet, a weekly Roman Catholic magazine, Lord Donoughue states: “The present situation sadly reflects the extent to which many among the politically correct zealots in all parties now display the same kind of intolerant bigotry towards Christian faith which once was regrettably shown towards the homosexual minority.
In October the Government’s Minister for Communities (John Denham, who describes himself as a “secular humanist”) denied Christians are being marginalised in Labour’s Britain. Is he out of touch or was he being mischievous?
He went on to say: “Coming into this job, I thought it would be of interest to me certainly and, I hope, to you to explore the relationship between faith and Government from that perspective.”
Mr Denham added: “It would be wrong to suggest that faith organisations alone are responsible for defining, shaping and transmitting values. It is not necessary to have faith to be deeply, morally and profoundly altruistic.” No but the influence of Christians and Christian societies have a track record no others can match compared to their centuries of social action in this country.
Earlier in the same month Baroness Warsi, the shadow minister for community cohesion, accused the Government of allowing intolerance against Christians to grow. Speaking at the Conservative Party conference, she said: “Under Labour, the state has become increasingly sceptical of an individual’s religious belief.”
She pointed to cases of Christians being sidelined because of their faith.
“We’ve all seen the stories,” she said, “how appalling that today in Labour’s Britain a community nurse can be suspended for offering to pray for a patient’s good health.
“How awful that a school receptionist could face disciplinary action for sending an email to her friends simply asking them to pray for her daughter.” She was referring to the cases of nurse, Caroline Petrie, and school receptionist, Jennie Cain.
Baroness Warsi added: “At the heart of these cases lies a growing intolerance and illiberal attitude towards those who believe in God.”
How can I vote for a Labour party that has been so anti-Christian?
I now live in a nation where it is unlawful to proclaim certain ancient Christian truths in public, unless I am being extremely careful how I word things. Even private conversations are now not without risk, illustrated bye the case of the Vogelenzangs. Though the case was dropped, their business was ruined. It should never have gone to court! These changes have come about during the Labour years.