After my post the other day on ‘permanent revolution’ I got to thinking about how Christians have responded to politics. Interesting how in Europe there is a mainstream political movement called ‘Christian Democracry’ which more often than not is on the right wing of politics. Interesting too how in America the weight of the Religious Right is thrown behind the Republican party, so much so that to vote democrat is to vote against God!
I suppose the separation in the UK of politics and religion is something that guards against this – yet I would guess that most observers would say that the church would line up on the political right with its conservative tendencies in terms of family and life issues…yet the Labour Party draws a large proportion of its politicians from the Christian Socialist Movement.
What saddens me is that when you lean to the left, politically speaking (!) you’re automatically tarred as being a liberal, theologically speaking (thanks to Graeme for reawakening this thought process!)…yet surely this has got nothing to do with it! The Christ of the gospels can be interpreted just as much as a social campaigner as a moral conservative…but Christ just could not be defined in these terms – he was Christ! Neither a leftie or righty! So surely to make an assumption that someone who feels more comfortable with a left-wing perspective is theologically liberal is deeply flawed. Now, I’m not saying I’m a ‘fundamentalist’ by any terms…but I’m fairly sure that I’m not a liberal! But then, here we go again…trying to box up God in our terms, rather than seeking to know more of God…the incredible mystery of God will never allow us to tie him up in neat little packages…of that I am sure!
Just as a provocative question…if you’re a Primitive Salvo, does that necessarily make you a ‘fundamentalist’ theologically? Or is it something a little more blurry?