Why I am a left-leaning Christian….
When I talk about being left-leaning, I am referring to a grace-filled system of fairness and equality that the left advocates. I may not agree with every thing that is on the left-wing agenda, but I am convinced that the ideas and values I hold from my understanding of the Bible are more closely related to the left than to the right.
So here are 3 reasons why I am a left-leaning Christian.
1. I struggle with the inequalities in our economic system.
I do believe in personal responsibility but that personal responsibility needs to be balanced with social responsibility. The goal is not individual success but a more equal society where the needs of both the rich and poor are taken care of. When we have a system where the rich is getting richer at the expense of others, then there is something wrong with that system. I believe that I am my brother’s keeper and that loving my neighbour means taking responsibility to ensure that their needs are looked after. Individual success should not be at the expense of others living in poverty. This does not mean we rob from the rich through taxes to give to the poor. It means developing a system of taxes that is fair and allows for the provision of services like health, education, social welfare, etc. for all of society. The government provides the leadership to ensure that the principles of grace, fairness and equality is protected and that all citizens are looked after.
2. I struggle with social inequality and injustice.
Individual rights and freedom should not reduce social equality. I believe that the goal of every civilised society is that people live dignified lives and be treated justly and fairly. A fair society is an impartial society where people are treated equally. Social equality does not mean accepting every kind of behaviour and lifestyle but giving a hand to help and support one another for the common good of society.
3. I struggle with lack of ‘shalom’ in our society
Shalom is the peace that comes when God’s Kingdom and His will is seen on earth as it is in Heaven. God’s peace comes when justice, mercy and humility becomes a key part of society; we become good stewards of creation and the resources God has given us and we love God and love our neighbours as laid out in Jesus’ summary of the Law.