Letter shows political leanings
With regard to the Dennis Catchpole letter — No reassurance — I agree with one thing only, I too, would like to congratulate Barbara Linton for her pro life stance on abortion and euthanasia. The rest of the letter I find offensive and in no way relates to the Christianity that I embrace.
Mr Catchpole establishes his true blue political leanings very early in the letter by repeating the myth that we do not have a legitimate government, but a government selected by one man.
The facts are that in the 1990s New Zealand voted in MMP. This form of proportional representation always creates coalition governments, so that one party does not have all the power.
This is a good thing for democracy.
In the 2017 election Labour received 37 per cent of the votes, New Zealand First 7 per cent and Greens 6 per cent — a total of 50 per cent. National got 44 per cent. The fact is more people voted for the coalition Government than for National.
The rest of the letter contains the normal Christian Right claptrap of left bad, right good. The Christian Right seems to think they own Christianity. They do not.
In fact, in the four key areas of War and Peace, the Distribution of Wealth, Human Rights and the Environment, the Christian Gospels are far more left leaning than right.
The real historical Jesus of the gospels was brown skinned, from the Middle East, born to an unwed mother, a child refugee; who grew up to be a victim of police brutality because the religious leaders of the day and the government authorities, considered Him to be a threat to the country.
Jesus doesn’t exactly sound like the leaders of the religious right or the political power holders of the day; He sounds a lot more like the people they are persecuting.
EDWARD J LYE