A manifesto from the “Christian left” – have they “left” the Christian perspective?

Representatives from a so-called Christian wing in the Social Democratic Party called Broderskapsrörelse (the brotherhood movement) have come out of their closet presenting a manifesto which really offers nothing new under the sun, they endorse the viewpoints of their party comrades rather than any self-respecting Christian. The title of their manifesto states that greed should not rule a society… a rather important issue nowadays which I addressed in my blog many times. However their focus in not on this issue, they join in with the large majority of the Swedish population which endorses a politically correct view on condemning all these horrible right wing Christians who still believe in the exclusive claims of the Bible and God of the Bible.

The debaters in Brännpunkt address the importance of freedom, equality and solidarity; which are the main slogans of a socialistic perspective. However, these are also the principles deeply rooted in the word of God; the Bible and the Christian Church. The other day I was talking to one of the former leading social democrats in our city. For a while we have built up a relationship which grows more in depth and where we share about our lives. A statement he made keeps ringing in my ears…”We, in the Democratic Party, have been very good in writing down principles and making laws… but you in the Free Church do the things we write and decide about!”

I think that statement is overdone quite a bit; there is so much we have to learn and we in the Christian Church have to repent from an egoistic life-style where greed rules in many of our decisions and ambitions. However, I do believe he touched on a glimpse of truth… freedom, equality and solidarity costs… because LOVE costs… “All love is good love” the debaters wrote… The Bible would be the first to refute that statement because the love which the Bible speaks about is the agape kind of love which Jesus addresses when they asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus said, “‘Love (agapao) the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love (agapao) your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-41)

The word agape refers to the self-sacrificing love of God for humanity, which they were committed to reciprocating and practicing towards God and among one another. This love has implications where truth and non-truth diverse their ways and where not anything is accepted and endorsed. Actually true love might affirm, comfort, direct, guide, disagree, but also confront and refute! The real essence of love is not to be able to accept everything, anything at any time… it is the ability to discern and act based upon a reality outside oneself based on an objective truth that is found in the Bible.

I do not agree with much that is identified as Christian right wing politics as exemplified in American politics… (more of that another time)… But the fact that I am identified with what the debaters call the Christian right wing in Sweden together with the Clapham institute is an honorable identification. And if we are the only ones in this society believing in certain of our convictions and viewpoints in regards to values, norms and praxis… so be it… I remember a man who in most of His views was against the norms and praxis of His society. Thinking of that fact I feel in great company!

That’s the Way I see it!



4 responses to “A manifesto from the “Christian left” – have they “left” the Christian perspective?

  1. Bob van den Eijkhof

    … freedom, equality and solidarity…. socialism has allways put one thing on the highest ranking, one thing which is highest valued: Man (mankind) mankind in the centre…?
    No, God is the centre!

    First of all we should love God and then others/ourselves and then a brand new X-Box 360!
    That is the way Bob sees it

  2. Thanks for posting this. It’s a great reminder for all Christians who are living out a genuine faith. Karyn http://www.christiancupid.com/blog

  3. Hej John!
    Tänkte bara påpeka att det smyger sig in en massa konstiga tecken som förstör läsningen av din blogg. Hoppas du får ordning på det. Du har ju så mycket bar att säga.

    P.S Tycker fortfarande du skulle göra den tillgänglig på svenska, mycket av det du skriver är ju i en svensk kontext. Jag tror du skulle få ett större genomslag i bloggosfären då. Kolla in Stefan Swärds blogg… D.S


  4. Thank you, great insights into your country from which my ancestors came. In a certain way, these are POST-SECULAR times. Secularization paradigms that maybe we´ve come a bit too familiar with, may not be the only answer for the future. Look around the world. It seems this time, sweden will somehow be the last to know, because it thinks of itsself as so progressive and humanized. But wait and see. Not everything done under the name of freedom, equality and solidarity is human, on the contrary.
    In some way, Jesus Christ shows all cheap humanism his wounds.
    Brokenness and fragility is not something which any goverment is keen on installing or teaching
    It´s found on the cross, which holds everything together. Without it, I think it´s much harder to show some real compassion which can really be transforming for all of us. And society needs this.

    keep the fire burning, you and your lovely country (it truly is !) are in my prayers.


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