Wonder (part 2)

On the first post in this short series, I was wondering about the notions of things not being right in the world and the role of church and state…you can link to that here.

Growing up in Scotland, I found it a strange concept to understand that for many Americans if they labelled themselves “Christian”, then that generally also directed which political party they voted for (a generalisation, I know).  It’s also strange that when I have found myself in a voting booth and presented with an option to vote for a specifically “Christian” party outwith the main political parties or an independent candidate using “Christian” as an adjective for their manifesto, that the first thing that comes into my head is, “they must be dodgy”.  That’s probably hugely unfair, but it goes to show how prejudiced my natural response can be at times.

So, Church and State…What are our experiences of these?  For a glimpse into my experience, please click on the arrow below.


2 Responses to “Wonder (part 2)”

  1. 1 exactscience December 12, 2008 at 4:20 pm


    Regarding the whole Christian candidate thing. I know some people who had intended to vote for another party but upon seeing Christian on the ballot voted for them. I think this is incredibly stupid.

    There is a huge diversity in Christians and just because someone believes that Jesus saved them doesn’t make their policies sound or indeed make them a good politician.

    Your faith will without doubt affect your political leanings but it makes more sense to me and pick the candidate who best represents what is important to you regardless of how you picked what is important to you.

  2. 2 thestatethatiamin December 12, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Yup. I am too quick to judge. I find it easy to pick out examples of people who have aligned themselves with “Christianity” in their politics. Iain Paisley. George Bush. My world view is a million miles removed from either of them. Church and State…oh, boy…

    There was a tremendous interview with Moby in Relevant magazine a good few months back, where he was just honestly wrestling with this stuff and fighting his natural inclination to judge. I could do with more wrestling and less condemnation of some of those who have found themselves in positions of power. I find it hard to balance that with my own desire for what I consider to be socially responsible and to act that out.

    That said, that sort of honest tension can fuel some great songwriting rather than bland apolitical nonsence at times…


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