3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:
The SST reports on a poll on Kiwi's attitudes to Christian politics.
New polling by the Sunday Star-Times has found 15% of voters say they would be likely to support a new party based on Christian moral values at the next election, with 6% of that group saying they are "almost certain" to vote for such a party.
The poll also found that the appeal of broader Christian-based policies goes well beyond the hardcore that would support a Christian party. One-third of those surveyed said they wanted to see the main political parties in New Zealand adopt policies "that more closely reflect traditional Christian values".
Of that group, 13% said they strongly supported such policies.
Soft voters unsure who they would vote for next election, who made up 14% of the poll, were those most likely to say they were interested in Christian policies or a Christian party.
While Christian values range across the political spectrum - from Jesus' message of social justice on the left through to the ardent Old Testament moralism of the far right - it is the Christian right that has been most politically active because of its frustration over what is currently on offer.
Interesting take - social justice is the province of the Christian left whilst the Christian right are "Old Testament" moralists. We'll let that pass for the time being , it merely shows the ideological blinkers of the writer rather than reflecting any deeper truth.
Personally I am unsure about explicitly Christian parties. Men are fallen and corrupted creatures and Christians no less so than others.
The problem is you cannot legislate salvation - this is where the left has gone horribly wrong. In their efforts to create a "fair and just" society they have created policies that are anything but fair and just.
While the architects of the welfare state were in many cases driven by strong Christian conviction the results of their efforts have been to devolve responsibility for our neighbors from ourselves to central Government. And as Jesus said the poor are still with us. Children are still mistreated - despite years of hand wringing and the imposition more and more rules and regulations.
As Ian suggested in this post, spiritual problems are at the heart of most societal problems and they cannot be rectified by any Government no matter how well meaning.
Still, we need to choose who will lead us in managing the day to day minutiae of human affairs.
So when we go to the ballot box we need to discriminate. We should all vote for the man or woman by who they are and what they stand for in their personal life and hope that this translates into them formulating wise and sensible policies.
Meantime the Church needs to get back to its core mission, salvation of souls by leading people to Christ our Saviour.
And speaking out loudly when public policy encourages people away from that path.