Tuesday, January 17, 2006

NDP on faith and politics

A few interesting quotes from the NDP (Layton and Blaikie in particular) from an article about the impact of faith upon Canadian politics.

"It is also important to remember that there is much common ground to be found and to be developed between the religious left and the religious right. A recent breakfast briefing for MPs, dealing with global poverty and sponsored by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, conveyed messages, analysis and policy positions that would not have sounded out of place at an event sponsored by the United Church of Canada, or for that matter the NDP."

"The challenge for Canadians who want to practise a politics that is faithful to their understanding of God, of their Scriptures and of their own faith tradition, is how to do this appropriately in the secular, pluralistic and multi-faith society that Canada has become. For Christians this is particularly challenging, because this needs to be done in a way that preserves the right of Christians to bring their values into the public square while respecting the fact that in a post-Christendom context no policy can be officially adopted or rejected for explicitly Christian reasons, as might have been the case in a previous era."
(emphasis mine)

For a statement which addresses itself/assumes a leftist audience I'm impressed with the call to unity between Christians on both ends of the political sphere. I am also pleasantly surprised at the understanding of all things "post" (evangelical, christian, modern) the two communicate. Layton and Blaikie have either taken a crash-course on postmodernity and the "emerging" church from Brian McLaren himself OR they've actually spent some time with the gospels, history, and/or Bono (wink, nudge)...

3 comments:

Call Me Ishmael said...

I wonder if the Post cereal company might have a trademark infringement case here? The lawyers at McDonald's would've been all over it like a pit-bull on a poodle if they called it "McModernism."

Jonathan said...

While I agree it is important Christians dialogue concerning issues of faith and politics, I don't see the issue of unity as crucial. I think it is healthy that the church incorporates opposing views, as the alternative is not unity, but further division. For example, as a Christian and a Libertarian, there is little in the political vision described by Messrs. Layton and Blaikie that I can agree with, yet I accept the fact that many people of faith will be more supportive. The issue of reconciliation should not be about accepting only those who "finally" come around to my point of view, but everyone, no matter how radically different their political perspective.

James Kingsley said...

perhaps "unity" was an ill advised word. "respect" or even "interest" might have been a better choice. what struck me was someone asking the right to look to the left and vice versa to find what common ground the two camps share - the most obvious (and most contested) being a commitment to try and live a life informed,exampled and enabled by Jesus.