Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The General Election

Sorry guys, you can't get away from it even here. 

Guy Davies has posted here a series of questions he put to his local candidates; good idea, eh?  But the answers given by each of the candidates demonstrate the poor choice Christians have these days.  The closest to a Christian position on moral issues is the Tory candidate, Dr. Andrew Murrison.  Indeed, he describes himself as a practising Christian, and that's possible even for someone who chairs the local interfaith group.  He even appeals to Scripture a couple of times, which is obviously good.

But he also says, without being prompted,

However, I should make it plain since the matter has recently cropped up again that I do not think it is reasonable for people carrying out a B&B business from their home to discriminate on the grounds of what they presume might be happening behind closed doors. I would also point out that there is an inconsistency in refusing gay couples whilst accepting without question that a man and woman wishing to hire a room are married (to each other). The Regulations are now passed into law and I uphold the law.

I believe in upholding the law, too.  Aren't you glad!  But are there limits?  I ask, 'cos I don't want to incite anyone to break the law.  But:

  • When, in the sixteenth century, it was illegal to teach children the Lord's Prayer in English, should Protestants have obeyed?
  • In the seventeenth century when John Bunyan was imprisoned for preaching the gospel, should he have obeyed the law?
  • In the twentieth century, when homosexuality was illegal even in private, should homosexuals have obeyed the law?

Just asking, you know.