Evaluate parties on their track record, not on their electioneering rhetoric (2 April 2009 )


Dear Editor

Amidst all the electioneering, unrealistic promises, media performances, slogan shouting and empty rhetoric, it is very difficult to maintain an objective perspective on reality. Many even find it difficult to discern between what is right and what is wrong during election campaigns.

However, we must see to it that no-one takes us captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather, we should evaluate everything on the basis of Christ and His unchanging Word.

We must be careful to not merely listen to what is said, but to evaluate parties on their track record (for new parties we should look at the leadership's track record from when they were members of other parties). We need to cut through the vast volume of verbiage and evaluate each party and candidate on the crucial moral and Biblical issues, namely the Acknowledgement of Almighty God, the integrity and trustworthiness of the candidates, the Right to Life of the pre-born and the protection of the family as the basic building block of society. Furthermore, how did the party's MPs vote on important pieces of legislation such as the abortion bill? A party may say they aim to "eradicate poverty", but do their policies end up creating more poverty in the long-run?

This is why the Christian Action Network's Biblical Issues Voters' Guide (see www.SAvotersguide.com) seeks to expose the real track record of each party in relation to 8 key moral and Biblical issues.

By their fruits you will know them. 

Taryn Hodgson

Africa Christian Action

Christian Action P.O.Box 23632 Claremont 7735 Cape Town South Africa info@christianaction.org.za - 021-689-4481 - www.christianaction.org.za
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