Some have suggested Christians should vote socialist, given the commitment of Jesus to the poor. Others have suggested Christians should vote Tony Abbott, given Julia Gillard’s atheism. Others have suggested Christian Democrats given their explicit stance against eco-feminist Greens.
So, where do I stand? Well, I won’t say which way I’m voting (for in truth I haven’t 100% decided yet) but I will say a few words about the separation of church and party.
Separation of church and party? What do I mean by that? Simply this, as I see it Christendom has gone through three phases in the centuries since Constantine.
1/ In the first phase we had imperialistic Christianity, where church was confused with empire.
2/ In the second phase we had nationalistic Christianity, where church was confused with state.
3/ In the third phase, now, we have partisan Christianity, where church is confused with party.
I have to reject all three. In the same way that my Baptists commitments lead me to insist on separation of church and state, I am similarly led to insist on separation of church and party. No party, left or right, should command my unquestioning allegiance. No party, left or right, should be exempt from scrutiny. And it’s precisely because of my Christ-first loyalties.