It is surreal to see such a post from DPF, whereas I have heard many atheists claim that churches would be a lot more credible if they pursued social justice as vigorously as the Salvation Army. I fail to see how a social justice agenda has much to do with declining attendances. As far as I can tell, the churches in decline are those whose leadership is confused and losing the foundations of the faith — ie. belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Take the example of Spreydon Baptist, a very large congregation (2000+) in Christchurch, which has outshone government agencies in assisting the needy in its vicinity.
Christianity does not confer a standardized set of political beliefs; the faith has a few basic creeds that most churches can agree on, but there is huge latitude for differences of opinion. But the Catholic faith consistently provides very thoughtful and balanced material, rather than off-the-cuff misinformed comments which form the basis of DPF's blog. Here is part of their statement on Employment:
“In recent years there has been much talk about the economy, especially the need to be economically competitive. We recognise that as a nation we must be efficient and effective and use our resources well. However, the State and the economy exist for the well-being of the people. The people do not exist for the well-being of the State and the economy. Policies and legislation regarding the economic life of the country must be shaped with this in mind.
Many claim that, as a result of Government policies, the economy is in better shape than it was some thirteen years ago. Yet the working and living conditions of many have declined. It is timely to remind ourselves that according to the Church the worker is always more important than capital, for the workers are human persons. We wish to remind all New Zealanders of the rights which belong to all who work and those without work, and call on them and on all people of integrity to resist further erosion of the dignity of the worker, and the unemployed. We ask all to ensure that the fruits of reform are made available to all citizens and that all members of society have access to the goods which ensure a life consistent with human dignity.”