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PM believes Christianity and politics mix

David Cameron believes Britain is a Christian country and says he cannot understand why there is any debate over Christian political involvement.

by Christian Institute
David CameronADDRESSING church leaders at a Downing Street reception, the Prime Minister said that because “so many political questions are moral questions”, Christianity is already involved in politics.

Mr Cameron’s comments followed his Easter message where he noted Jesus’ teaching to “love God and love our neighbour”.


At the reception Mr Cameron backed comments by Muslim Cabinet member Baroness Warsi, who said the coalition Government will ‘do God’.

The Prime Minister said: “Britain is a Christian country. Christianity has given a huge amount to our country, and continues to do so”.

David Cameron also said: “I’ve never really understood this argument about ‘Should the Church get involved in politics? Yes or no?’


“To me, Christianity, faith, religion, the Church, is involved in politics because so many political questions are moral questions”.

And he commented: “So I don’t think we should be frightened about having these debates, and these discussions, and frankly sometimes these arguments about politics in our country and what it means to be a Christian and what faith brings to our politics.”

But his remarks may be met with scepticism by many Christians concerned at his previous loaded comments about Christian views on sexual ethics.


In March David Cameron commented on the case of Eunice and Owen Johns, a Christian couple who faced difficulties in their application to foster children because of their views on homosexuality. He said Christians should be “tolerant, welcoming and broadminded”.

Mike Judge, The Christian Institute’s Head of Communications, said the Prime Minister had “waded in on one side of a deeply controversial case, and suggested that Christians who share the Johns’ beliefs are automatically intolerant, unwelcoming and narrow-minded”.

Mr Judge added that Christians would be “surprised that the Prime Minister has taken a swipe at them for believing that sex is only for marriage”.

Christian Institute, 14/05/2011

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Peter Carr 16/05/2011 07:14
I know where your coming from Brian. The other option is that the PM's understanding of Christianity matches the more than 70% of the population who at the last census (2001) claimed to be Christian! Yet only around 10% of the population manage to get to church on a regular basis.

I suspect he is referring to a kind of wishy washy, nominal Christianity like so many others in the UK. Before I gave my life to Jesus about 14 years ago, I would happily have reckoned I was a Christian. Yet I didn't go to church, read the bible or pray.

Pawlo 16/05/2011 09:32
"Yet I didn't go to church, read the bible or pray."

If only that were all that was required!

Peter Carr 16/05/2011 09:35
Sorry Paul, I am not with you?!!
Pawlo 16/05/2011 09:45
I mean't that churches are full of people who read there bibles and pray but are not really believers.
John Parker (Guest) 16/05/2011 10:19
If churches were truly 'assemblies of God's people' rather than being used as outreach centres into which non-believers are dragged then there would be less of the problem that Paul Whitworth describes.

This is a huge problem. It leads to people thinking they are Christians when they are not. People coming into leadership positions while they are still unregenerate. And when it comes to church government being run on a 'one member/one vote' system you are handing real control to those who are operating in the kingdom of darkness.

Getting bums on pews is not the answer (although sadly many pursue this course). It's working towards an increased holiness (set-apartness) - and if this was preached the churches would be much emptier than they are.

But with the 'one minister/pastor' system is takes great courage to preach the whole Gospel knowing that there will be a huge backlash.

Ed - How about a discussion on this topic? Or perhaps there has already beein one?
Editor 16/05/2011 10:40
Feel free to chat away.

You may wish to refer to an article 'What to look for in a church' (which makes no claims to be absolute).
Peter Carr 16/05/2011 12:06

I supect that you have been around the church scene long enough to know that you will never, this side of eternity, get the perfect church or denomination. I believe that we are called to be mission centres (cf. Matt 28: 18ff). We are not called to be exclusively holy huddles, but to strike a biblical balance in excercising our God given gifts, individually and collectively.

The one minister/pastor system works well when excercised properly in the context of Eph 4: 11 - 16.
Rosemary Cameron 16/05/2011 18:21
To go back to dear old Dave, I suspect he is only saying what he thinks his listeners want to hear at any particular moment! That said, we can hold him to his words next time he says something different!

PS. Why does the site keep logging me out?
Peter Carr 16/05/2011 19:14
Oh dear Rosemary, cynical or what?

P.S. Ditto to Rosemary's PS
Guy (Guest) 09/10/2012 08:58
Peter, I left a holy huddle in 2006 and have never looked back :o) Now meet here www/ (Lexden) and the better for it, although I do miss certain aspects of Plymouth Brethren. Guy
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