The Secular Party of Australia contested the 2013 Australian federal election. With 91 per cent of votes counted in my state, it achieved 0.11% of votes in the Senate. The party’s platform included this statement:
The Secular Party believes that ideally, expression of religious belief should be a private matter for adults.
The sad thing is when Christians swallow this recently invented belief. The good thing though is when Christians study history and challenge that belief altogether—like R.J Rushdoony did:
This [Leviticus 15] is one of the chapters in the law often cited by people who argue that the [Mosaic] law is impossible nonsense. The very precision and subject matter condemn it for many, who feel, as did Viscount Melbourne, that, “Things have come to a pretty pass when religion is allowed to invade the sphere of private life.” Melbourne’s statement highlights a curious fact: he objected to allowing Christianity any role in a man’s private life: for him it was a formal fact of public life.
Twentieth century man denies to Christianity any jurisdiction in public life and relegates it to the private sphere for those who choose to allow it there. In reality, the jurisdiction of Biblical faith is cosmic and total, and therefore inclusive of both public and private spheres.
My two cents
To my way of thinking, the mindset of Christian countries in the 21st century (at least in English-speaking ones) is characterised (ironically) by an all too willing accommodation of anti-Christian sentiments.
If I’m not mistaken, secularism is a Johnny-come-lately worldview/philosophy/political platform that has decided (on its own authority) as though Christianity in the public sphere should commit suicide, undergo voluntary euthanasia, or (failing that) be executed.
If that occurred, it would mean that the Bible was written ultimately to become the springboard for humanistic or pluralistic public policy. I’m not convinced it was written for that purpose (by a weak God that is somehow cringing because he couldn’t get his will done on earth as it is in heaven). I side with Rushdoony’s view that the jurisdiction of Biblical faith is cosmic and total (not just private or partial).
- Secular Party of Australia. (2013). Policies. Available: http://www.secular.org.au/policies/. Last accessed 22nd Sep 2013.
- Rushdoony, R.J (2005). Leviticus. Vallecito: Ross House Books. p. 149 (emphasis in original).