The Case Against Clergy's Influence On Government

An undated photograph of Australia's Prime Minister Mr. Scott Morrison attending a religious  gathering in Sydney, Australia.
An undated photograph of Australia's Prime Minister Mr. Scott Morrison attending a religious gathering in Sydney, Australia.(Archives)



Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men. (John Jay)



Editors


In late 2020, and on into 2021, the media revealed the affair between federal cabinet  minister Alan Tudge and his former staffer Rachelle Miller. Brittany Higgins a former federal parliament staffer then came forward with her shocking rape allegations and then federal cabinet minister Christian Porter faced historical rape allegations, which he has adamantly denied.

Several days later, a federal Australian Liberal Party staffer who was sacked over a video of himself performing a lewd act on the desk of a female MP in Parliament House, also took another video of himself performing a sex act on someone else in what he said was his boss’ office.

A television channel also reported that a group of Coalition government staffers exchanged pictures and videos, among themselves engaged in sex acts performed in
Parliament House.

These allegations indicate that the Australian Liberal Party lost its understanding of the  value, that is the most fundamental for the public realm - the dignity of the human person.


Christian leaders caused an erosion of fundamental values

A contemporary man has motivated his liberation from God, not a religion, intending to regain possession of the human greatness that, it seems to him, is being unwarrantably
withheld by Creator. In God, he is overthrowing an obstacle to gain his freedom.

Modern Christian leaders have been unwilling or unable to challenge this form of atheism which some correctly called anti-theism, that is the attitude of enmity towards God.

In a certain way, Christian circles became “antitheistic” as any other institutions and individuals that have been prominent in our modern culture.

An evidence of this anti-theism can be found in the abandonment of the traditional view of the human person that has informed our Western culture for centuries.



The new view of human person in culture

With the promotion of God of Jews, the Only One, who created man and woman an imago Dei, an image of Himself that was not shattered by the weakness of human nature,
suddenly the culture attained a new sense.

It was the sublimity of man’s and woman’s vocation, that is the truth that vocation is an abiding source of inalienable greatness which informed culture with realistic optimism.
The culture and whole humanity were lifted on the wave of hope. The culture was delivered.

Needless to say, it was not external deliverance - not a social or military liberation which was to come - but the true liberation that unleashed human potential under the influence of the Judeo-Christian idea of man.

The vocation of man and woman defined by the fact that they are the image of God is
an abiding source of their inalienable greatness. It is their source of value that informed
culture with realistic optimism.

The fact that man is a God-made-man guarantees man’s and woman’s vocation and the final consecration of their greatness. Thus the dignity of a human person must be central in the true devotion of God of Avraham, Isaac, and Yaakov.

It is also the elementary truth that allowed our predecessors to built and sustain the just and equitable political system.

God, says ancient thinker Origen, in his commentary on Saint John, made all men in his own image, he molded them one by one.



Liberating influence of the new view of human person

What happened when the new vision of man started to inform culture?

Before the Judeo- Christian idea of man, the culture remained in the shackles of Fate, star courses, spirits, demons, and man-like gods. All of this perspective crumbled into dust after God opened for all a way that nothing would ever bar again.

Hence, that intense feeling of gladness and radiant newness to be found everywhere in the culture, informed by Judeo-Christian thought.

Within a framework of new, the Judeo-Christian view of human person an equal treatment of man and woman, Blacks, Yellow or Whites and most fundamentally their dignity is an unalienable right.

It was a new, innovative and liberating view of human person.

In this view nobody should be prompted to ask for equal treatment of man and woman, Blacks, Yellow or Whites let alone seek for a right for their dignity. Since these are  inalienable rights, the Judeo-Christian view of the human person is a guarantor.


A new view of man obliges Christian leaders to speak up

But it is the value of the Judeo-Christian view of man and woman that was ignored and rejected by the contemporary religious, especially Christian leaders.
Many of them replaced that view with the anti-values of utilitarianism, permissivism, and intellectual confusion.

These anti-values broadly demonstrated by the religious leaders constitute the case for establishing a legal and institutional boundary between the Liberal Party, and the leaders of religious sects.

Utilitarianism, which motivates a person’s actions that he or she perceives useful for themselves, can be seen in the silence of Christian leaders.

The value of the Judeo-Christian view of man and woman that was ignored and
abandoned by the contemporary religious, especially Christian leaders.

When the political parties or politicians are openly mocking fundamental values that are the foundation of these institutions, those who have a mission to teach and promote these principles must stand up.

Nearly three decades ago such leaders were still around us.

When Mr. Bill Clinton sexually assaulted a female official at the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, Christian leaders spoke up.

In 1998 American evangelist and teacher Dr. Billy Graham in a Wall Street Journal op-ed written in response to Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, skewered Americans for
succumbing “to the notion that what a person does in private has little bearing on his  public actions or job performance, even if he is the president of the United States.”

In the past many mainline Protestants, Catholics and progressive evangelicals leaders agreed with these judgments.



Anti-values lived by and promoted by Christian leaders

But we live in different times, and we must be able to draw a proper conclusion from this  fact.

The silence of those, who in other contexts willingly profit from moral advice, speaks  volumes. But it became a pattern, that so-called Christian leaders have been silent, on the
counter-cultural issues, as a grave.

For more than two decades, they have undermined the cohesion, intellectual, and moral life of the countries.

The generation of the Christotainment churches have replaced Christian teaching with entertainment lacking any fine and lofty qualities. Their leaders have discarded the serious study of the Bible and character formation. As a result, something radically has changed in our society.

The generation of the Christotainment churches have replaced Christian teaching with
entertainment lacking any fine and lofty qualities.

These new pastors would choose silence and profit over their duty to be a guardian of the fundamental values.

Since then they have pursued utilitarianism and permissivism.

These new leaders were silent when man was being replaced by nature in the name of global warming. They did not say a word, and worse joined the mad chorus of Black Lives Matter, openly Marxist spewing slogans to raise hatred against the police. They have been wilfully blind to Chinese Communism, betraying believers and dissent behind the Bamboo Curtain.

These are only a few examples of their cowardliness.

The most significant and telling, perhaps, is their consequent silence about the genocide of Uyghurs by Communist China taking place as we speak.

Simultaneously, they profited from the tax-payers funds like an Australian church leader who received $42 million in government grants even though had allegations of fraud and bribery against him.


Christian leaders that despised traditional values must be isolated

It is an open secret that not a few Members of local and federal Parliaments would not win their seats if not for the support of their religious sects and their leaders.

The religious leaders have greatly contributed to the intellectual confusion by de-prioritising the traditional Christian view of man and instead by choosing promotion of the
popular trends like social justice, race-focused immigration, or global warming.

It is why they need to be abandoned and isolated if one wants to rebuild society based on the values which built Western culture.

In this decade, the religious beliefs need to become a private matter in a public realm, as American Founding Fathers taught.



To be Christian means to inform actions with Christian worldview

It means that a person informs their actions and propositions with their deep beliefs, not parades his or her religious behaviour for the sake of popularity. If these behaviours are paraded, they will continue to be an instrument of political and social engineering with all of their destructive consequences.

Religious behaviour needs to become a private matter while the Christian worldview should begin to inform actions, and policies of the government according to the noblest standards of Western culture.

A few fundamental reforms needs to be instituted immediately to improve moral quality and basic competency of the Party that lost much of popular trust.

The healthy level of counter-clericalism needs to be instituted within the party and the contemporary society.

The Australian Liberal Party must purge those whose credentials are “church-activism” and “church-going”. Nobody should win political mandates because of the support of the religious sects.

The Australian Liberal Party has to recommit to that defence which should be preceded teaching and promotion of the Judeo-Christian view of man and woman that has  potential once again to lift our culture on the wave of hope.

It should be required from a member of a political party not to campaign among the sects at their religious gatherings. Pastors must be legally banned from political activism and  have instituted a waiting period of 10-15 years until they get involved on a political scene. It should be clarified with appropriate statutes, that the political career is closed for clergy,  and the politicians must not befriend religious sectarianists.

The Australian Liberal Party needs the renaissance of the economic principles to descale big government, cut taxes, and unleash free-market forces for everyone.

The Party must defend equal rights of all beliefs and religious sects, according to the principle of justice.

The Australian Liberal Party must to recommit to that defence which should be preceded by the teaching and promotion of the Judeo-Christian view of man and woman. The one which has potential once again to lift our culture on the wave of hope.

 

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