It will help people to understand our raison d’être and our philosophy if we begin with the basics.
We are a political party registered with The Electoral Commission. We are not a church. We are a political party comprised of Christians, just as the Tory Party is a political party comprised of Tories. Not all Tories join the Tory party, and not all Christians join the Christian Party. Not everyone who votes Tory is a Tory, and not everyone who votes for the Christian Party is a Christian. We have had atheists supporting and voting for us because they liked our policies.
A Labour supporter does not join the Tory party and so a non-Christian will not join the Christian Party.
The Christian Party believes that there are enough Christians to make a useful political party with good policies for the common good of the country. There are a number of single issue parties, such as the Greens, UKIP or the SNP. These parties are united around a single idea, but in order to gain power and influence they need to broaden their ideas across the political spectrum. However, independence from the EU and from Westminster have a terminus; what happens to these parties once they achieve their aim? When Green issues become mainstream, what happens to the Green Party?
The Scottish Christian Party
Just as the Conservatives have a Scottish section, the Labour Party has a Scottish section and the Lib Dems have a Scottish section, each with their own leader, so the Christian Party has a Scottish section called the Scottish Christian Party. There is a Welsh section called the Welsh Christian Party. The English section simply uses the Christian Party terminology.
It is one thing for politicians to misrepresent the Christian Party. We expect that. For Christians to do so manifests that the prejudice that is native to the human heart needs to be mortified in them by the Holy Spirit. Intelligent people can be very prejudiced, because they think that they can see answers better than others. Prejudice can be dispelled simply by asking the relevant question of the relevant person, but many people are too afraid to do so, or too lazy to do so, or too isolated to do so. If Christians would ask questions of the Christian Party they might find their prejudicises are unfounded and even dispelled. Many people are in love with their prejudices and, worse still, like to nurture them, ignoring the Saviour’s warning: ‘every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment’ Mat 12:36.
The biblical answer to such prejudice is for Christians to acknowledge that they need one another’s gifts to balance the whole body of Christ – ‘the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of thee’ 1Cor 12:21 – and this means talking to each other, which will dispel many prejudices.
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