One issue that hasn’t received much of an airing in the current campaign has been the attitude of the political leaders and party candidates towards the Christian faith. There have however been some recent court cases which reveal that it will become increasingly harder to make a stand on the basis of your belief. The fact that the second leaders’ debate even allowed a question about whether the Pope should be allowed to visit shows that there is no longer much real respect either for Christian leaders or the views they represent, and while the party leaders – as they had to – of course affirmed the right of the Pope to visit, they also showed themselves firmly against many of his views. And while I do not share the pope’s views in some subjects, his traditional stance on – for example – homosexuality is one that I would wholeheartedly support, and makes me wonder quite where I ought to stand at this general election.
Of course it’s not to me to say how you should vote tomorrow. But there is an excellent blog arising from the recent Westminster declaration which provides some useful guidance as to where candidates stand. We must at the same time recognise that whoever is elected tomorrow it will become increasingly more difficult for Christians to make a stand in public life. And it seems to me that more and more the role of the local church will be to prepare its members to live out their faith in an aggressively secular world. It’s not a comfortable place to be in, but it’s the place where I believe we are called to be at the moment.