No hint of ‘morality’

Please don’t interpret my title here to mean that I am opposed to morality. I am not. However, I do object to Christian meddlings in politics seeing morality as the beginning and end to the Christian response to what is wrong in our society. Not even morality in the broader sense of what is right or wrong, but generally fixated (a nice Freudian term) on sexual matters and unborn babies. This fixation elevates one area of human conduct above others whilst ignoring the richness of human conduct that the term should encompass. This is certainly the case in Australia. If as a Christian, I want to vote for a political party that professes to believe in Jesus, I have no choice other than to vote according to this blinkered view of morality. Surely as Christians we have something deeper, more holistic, and hopefully Christlike, to bring to the political arena.

I have been watching a blog called God’s politics, and noticed today that Brian Mclaren has joined in the debate with a conversation on values voters should consider. You can read it in full here.

In summary, Brian identifies stewardship of the earth, justice for the poor, and reconciliation with “God and neighbour and enemy”. The last is a pertinent sticking point for our society at the moment with its manic fear of terrorism and demonisation of people defined as “other”.

I don’t hear Australia’s most recent Christian party to gain recognition (Families First) going anywhere near these issues. It seems that they are still stuck in “the bedroom”, so to speak. Where are the Christians speaking out about loving our enemies? Feeding the poor? Responsible tending of the earth so that those who come after us have a fighting chance?

4 thoughts on “No hint of ‘morality’

  1. ask anyone you like what morality is, and they’ll tell you it’s doing what’s right, when society approves, and when they disapprove. too bad that doesn’t describe what is right. but then again, too often “right” isn’t the same to everyone. i agree with Brian, but i would revise his statement of “justice for the poor” and substitute “justice for all.” certainly justice for the poor, but not just for them. justice for everyone who has been oppressed. do what is right by everyone. fascinating stuff, Christina.

  2. Yes, there is a subjectivity to morality – mostly seen through a personal grid of ‘what works for me’. I agree with ‘justice for all’. I do think though that justice is more easily obtained by those who ‘have’ than those who ‘have not’, hence creating a mandate for those of us in more powerful positions to actively pursue justice for those who are the recipients of injustice. In the words of George Orwell’s animal farm – “all are created equal, just some are more equal than others”. (my paraphrase here, I finished re-reading the book in the small hours of last night!)….

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