Tuesday, 29 March 2016

What are "Christian Values?" Does Cameon speak for them?

I am an agnostic leaning towards atheism I can not be 100% sure that there is no form of supreme being (or beings even).

In that I disagree with Professor Richard Dawkins and his apparent fundamental atheism ,

I am prepared to keep an a gap  if not an entirely open mind on the existence of God.

But I like to think I have values and certainly different values tha Prime Minister David Camerom who protects the Rich while stamping on the poor or his predecessor War monger Tony Blair.

So  I am not sure what Cameron  means by

The UK must "stand together and defend" its Christian values in the face of threats from terrorism,
The prime minister said responsibility, hard work and compassion were important to people "of every faith and none".

So what are Christian Values?

New Testament teachingThe biblical teachings of Jesus include:[
  • Love of God: "You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might." (an excerpt from the Shema Deut.6:5), -Matthew 22:37
  • Fidelity in marriage: "Whom God has joined together let no man put asunder", derived from -Matthew 19:6
  • Renunciation of worldly goods: "Gather not your riches up upon this earth, for there your heart will be also", (Matthew 6:21)
  • Forgiveness of sins: "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us", (Matthew 6:12)
  • Unconditional love: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you". (Luke 6:27-28)
Modern use in worldwide right-wing politicsi n the 21st century United States, Australia, UK and other countries, the phrases "Christian values" and "family values" are used by Christian right and conservative political groups to describe some or all of the following political stances:
  • censorship of sexual content, especially in movies and on television.[4]
  • the desirability of laws against induced abortion
  • sexual abstinence outside of marriage and abstinence-only education[5]
  • the promotion of intelligent design to be taught in public schools and colleges as an alternative to evolution.[6]
  • the desirability of laws against same-sex marriage
  • support for laws against the acceptance of homosexuality into mainstream society[7]
  • the desirability of organized prayer in public schools[8]
Modern use in worldwide liberal politics in the 21st century United States, Australia, UK and other countries, the phrases "Christian values" and "family values" are used by liberal political groups to describe some or all of the following political stances:
  • support for a culture of empathy and compassion, seen as central to Christianity among a diverse range of religions and worldviews; favouring individuals, families (of all compositions) and small communities' interests over the interests of large corporations and the powerful;
  • protection of the environment as the product of a deep reverence for God's creation;
  • the undesirability of war other than as a last resort, and a respect for diplomacy (see Swords to ploughshares);
  • a living wage for all, seen as a mark of concern for the physical welfare of "the least among us"
  • a high, progressive income tax to promote greater income equality in keeping with Jesus' words in support of the poor and against excessive riches;
  • promoting Render unto Caesar as an endorsement of secular governance separation of church and state] and religious tolerance, consistent with the concept of Christ's kingdom not being "of this world" and warnings against the hunger for potentially corrupting temporal power throughout the Bible.

I suppose I tend to agree with the liberal christian values , but that does not make me a Christian .

Just a Human Being.

 Certainly I believe the Christian Values of Conservative or Liberal Politicians are not superior to any other value .

Mine are definitely not the Values of Cameron or Blair and since many Christians do not share the "Values" of the two. How dare they define them for Christians let alone the rest of us.

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