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  • Shock Election & a leader's faith?

    I don't know if you're familiar with what is going on over here, but Theresa May called a shock election to take place in six weeks time. Christianity is playing more of a role than it usually does, with a focus on Prime Minister May's background as a vicar's daughter, and Tim Farron leader of the Lib Dems and committed Christian being quizzed on whether he believes gay sex is a sin (his party says it isn't). There was a kerfuffle a few years back when Blair converted to Catholicism after stepping down as PM and said he'd been waiting until he wasn't in office: people felt he should have done it earlier so they actually knew where he stood and what beliefs informed his policies.

    How much of a role should a leader's faith play in politics? Please note, over here we vote for parties not leaders and the leaders can be replaced by their party without an election (how May replaced Cameron as Prime Minister after Brexit, and Brown replaced Blair).
    The Christian charity Tearfund commissioned the polling company Comres to research into Christian political positions immediately after the last general election in June 2015.

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    Faith is important, but not as important as how they choose to deal with their religion, or whether they are impartial to involving church in politics. I think that there should be a balance: neither a total separation between religion and politics, nor a complete entanglement between the two. There's an important social aspect to religion that politicians cannot turn a blind eye to if they want to be up to speed with the zeitgeist of the people. Such omissions would be culturally dissastrous, bordering on the practices of Bolschevik communism, where religion was obliterated for the sake of the state's efficiency.

    When it comes to the UK, there's a lot of religious plurality with many non-Christian religions on the mix, such as Buddhism, Daoism, Muslim, Hindu, etc. These people wouldn't vote for someone that would oust them or marginalise them because of their religion.
    What it boils down to is questions like "Do they want to lead based on the Bible, or do they keep their own beliefs to their own?", or "Do they intend to conform to the ideas of their religious leaders (e.g. the Pope), everytime they change their minds?"...So in the end the attitude towards religion (any) is definitely going to play a part in the elections, but because there's a separation between the part and the individual leading the party it won't be as noticable.

    Talking about Cameron, cohesion in a party is important as well. If a leader wants to push for something that is completely against party lines, it could generate enough turmoil to destabilize a Brexit-fresh government...and Brittain will need all the stability it can get at this point.
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      A Christian should put God first in every area of his life. If he is in a position of authority in a government every act he takes should be consistent with God's will. However that doesn't mean he should pass laws requiring others to become Christians. All citizens of a country have the same rights regardless of their religious beliefs and a Christian leader must respect those rights.
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