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Christian Party Mayor elected in Wales

The Christian Party in Wales has become the first faith-based political party in the UK to win a mayoral election.

 


by Scottish Christian Party
 
Jeff GreenThe Christian Party in Wales has become the first faith-based political party in the UK to win a mayoral election.
Councillor Jeff Green, leader of the Christian Party in Wales, has begun his first full term on Llandrindod Wells Town Council after being elected as mayor in the last session.

A Civic Service of Commitment and Thanksgiving was held on Saturday 4th August in Holy Trinity Church, Llandrindod Wells, conducted by the Mayoral Chaplain, Rev. Ian Rees. The council and public were addressed by the Rev. Geoff Waggett. Selected Scriptures were read by the Rev. George Hargreaves, leader of the Christian Party in England, and by Dr. Donald Boyd, leader of the Scottish Christian Party.

Jeff Green runs Highland Moors, the award-winning and last Victorian Hydro Spa in Wales. As mayor, he wishes to develop tourism in the area, to utilise the town’s best assets, and to publicise Llandrindod Wells. He has already publicised the town while in London with the National Cycle Collection displaying some of its collection of bicycles and memorabilia at Hampton Court Palace, the starting point for the Olympic time trials. The National Cycle Collection is housed in Llandrindod Wells. Councillor Green said the town needed to have a bigger vision for what it could accomplish. “We need goals and objectives so we can measure our progress,” he said.

Dr Donald Boyd commented: “The election of Jeff Green as mayor has already put Llandrindod Wells on the national map. Christians and others all over Britain, and even overseas, will take note. People have been sceptical about a Christian Party in politics. Jeff Green is to be congratulated on leading the Christian Party in Wales to electoral success. There are not only three councillors in Llandrindod Wells in mid-Wales, but the Party has four councillors in Bay of Colwyn Town Council, North Wales, and a councillor in South Wales. On behalf of the Scottish Christian Party, I wish Jeff Green and the Welsh Christian Party every success in showing the effectiveness of Christian councillors.”



Scottish Christian Party, 18/08/2012

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Jenny 22/08/2012 22:08
As long as there's a Christian Party candidate, that's who I'll be voting for.
It's not as if the main parties hadn't all in various ways made clear their contempt for God's law. In a way I'm grateful to them for making it a no-brainer... indecision is precluded by such postures as Mr Cameron's on gay "marriage".
Philip (Guest) 22/08/2012 22:16
OK, so correct me if I am wrong, but it would appear that your logic is that because it is a Christian Party they must succeed? If so, that goes against the fact that Christians represent around 10% of the population, so unless a lot of non-Christians vote for them, then it really would take a miracle. God in His provision hasn't yet provided one.

The alternative is that revival comes to these shores and that then becomes their ticket to power, but there again a miracle is still required.

It seems to me that this country is moving away from rather than towards God, so unless there really is divine intervention it looks as though the Christian party will continue with less than 2% of the votes cast. Hardly a winning number.

And then there is a small matter of their manifesto! It doesn't really appeal to your average voter.
Calum Clark (Guest) 22/08/2012 23:23
This is getting into a circular discussion Philip.

"OK, so correct me if I am wrong, but it would appear that your logic is that because it is a Christian Party they must succeed?"

No, I didn't say that. What I do say is that if there are Christians in Scotland who feel called by God to do what they are doing in terms of setting up a Christian Party then they will be able to pray in faith, and should pray in faith, for this endeavour.

What I also say is that just because there is no immediate 'success' does not mean that it is not in the Lord's will. Maybe it is, maybe it isn't, but let us not judge Christian works by the same measures as the world uses. Please.
Philip (Guest) 23/08/2012 07:59
Who is judging? Applying reason and logic are not the same as judging. God has given us minds to use.

Feeling being called of God and being called are 2 different thngs. For example, not everyone who applies to become a church minister succeeds, because not everyone shares their sense of call! The Christian Party are not above scrutiny or accountability in this respect.
Penny Lee 23/08/2012 08:59
Jenny says, "As long as there's a Christian Party candidate, that's who I'll be voting for". I agree Jenny!

We are so busy analysing and criticising these people who do try to represent the Christian perspective that we are perhaps their stumbling block. It may well be the case that they still don't get enough votes to be elected but it is certainly true that they definitely won't if we don't have confidence in them.

Our confidence is not in man but in God alone so why are we so critical of these people?. If we are waiting for the Christian party to be everything we would like it to be, we will go out of this world still waiting and we may have been instrumental in preventing real change by not supporting them. How do we know if God has placed them there and is waiting for His people to support them? Instead of pointing out all the perceived flaws in the party, how about instead devoting it to earnest and continual prayer so that God will deal with any problems there may well be and raise up men and women to carry His name and example to a nation crying out for guidance and help.
Philip (Guest) 23/08/2012 10:08
Penny, if your post is a go at me, can I point out that questioning and holding people within Christianity to account is not being critical.

For far too many the jury is still out on the need for a Christian Party. If we read the way that our culture is going, some of us would say that these Christians would be better off channeling their energies and resources into the local Church.

The Church is, and has always been for the last 2000 years God's chosen vessel. Political ideologies come and go, even within Christian circles, but the Church has and will continue under her Lord's rule.

My observations of the Christian Party is that they are out of touch with the culture. Their manifesto does not reflect mainstream thinking.

I believe that Christians working within the mainstream parties are far more effective, John Mason and dave Thomson being good examples.

By all meams let the Christian Party bang their drum, but please do nor expect every Christian to walk to their beat!
Philip (Guest) 23/08/2012 11:02
P.S. I would be keen to know if the original vision for the Christian Party is God given or man driven. In our churches we would not and should not give leadership responsibilities to anyone unless first we test and establish their call. Why should a Christian political party be any different? The same biblical criteria that applies in our established churches should also apply to those who are seeking to lead in political office (as Christians).

Does such testing etc apply in the Christian Party? I don't think so. From memory prior to the last Scottish election the appeal that went out was for any Christian with a £500 deposit to stand in their area. That to me doesn't appear to a biblical criteria for testing someone's call to Christian leadership! There are many facets to gifting and calling, ask any ordained minister, elder or deacon who have God's call upon their life.

And what about leadership within the Christian Party? How transparent, open and accountable is that?

These, and many more questions need to be asked of those who are seeking to represent Christianity in our culture!
Penny Lee 23/08/2012 13:58
Philip - calm down, it was not a 'go' at you or anyone else. It was simply an observation of Christians and, indeed, I have been guilty myself of being super-critical of others doing difficult tasks that I wouldn't dream of doing myself.

No-one is saying the Christian Party has all the answers and a watertight manifesto. It is a fledgeling party and has to develop enough feathers to fly. However, if we pluck out any signs of a feather as soon as they appear, it never will fly.

You say perhaps Christians would be better in one of the existing mainstream parties. Sadly, these are all 'banging the same drum' and, in so doing, are completely opposed in many areas to the Bible. How can a Christian align themselves with that? We already know that the Liberal Party is not allowing a free vote on same-sex marriage so how does someone satisfy their conscience on that alone? These are perhaps the dilemmas that Christians are facing now in these main parties.

Jesus' thinking did not 'reflect mainstream thinking.' That has never been the rule for setting one's boundaries and agenda. I don't believe that the main parties are reflecting mainstream thinking on certain issues either but they are steaming ahead regardless and people need another voice to speak up for them. I would imagine that if any reasonable alternative party is to emerge at the moment, it will attract a lot of disillusioned people who feel they are not being listened to and it may well be that this is as good a time as any for the Christian Party to get its act together and Christians in general to consider putting their faith in God to raise up leaders who speak for Him.
Philip (Guest) 23/08/2012 14:50
I am calm. The sooner folks wake up to the fact that this is a post-Christian country, the sooner they will take Matt 28: 18 - 20 seriously. There is no mention of forming political parties in that passage!

Yours calmly

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Penny Lee 23/08/2012 16:39
I am relieved to know you are calm.

I accept this is a post-Christian country but I also believe it can be turned around with God's help. Throughout history, we have seen that it isn't until things have reached a desperate state before a radical change occurs and who can say where in this cycle we are. There is no doubt that many in our country are agreeing we are "Broken Britain". Who are these people? Are they those of us who are old enough to remember when it was better and so have something to compare it to? What will happen when we have all gone? Will the population think that's as good as it gets? If we don't try to do what we can to "repair Britain" then what will we leave for our children? It's a frightening thought.

There may be no mention of forming political parties in the passage you mention but we have to use the facilities that are available to us in the age in which we presently live. If Jesus was with us in person today, I believe He would use the internet and other modern inventions. If we are going to use the well-misused comparison that "Jesus didn't specifically say . . " or "Jesus didn't use a . . . in His ministry", then we limit Him to a relic of a bygone age who is out of touch with modern day practices.
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