Mixing religion and politics is not usually something I condone when it comes to concrete issues and policies. But ideologically, the world view I have from Christianity does guide me towards a certain political ideology – and away from others.I believe that the prime purpose of government is to ensure every citizen’s right and opportunity to seek her own fortune and happiness – making sure that nobody hinders others in doing the same. Secondarily, to help those people who for certain reasons fail in taking care of themselves.
Socialism has a certain appeal to many; who can argue against a call for greater care for the weak? But the problem with socialism is that it builds on the belief that mankind can, in fact, make the world better – that by adopting the right policies we can turn the world into a harmonious, egalitarian, and truly wonderful society.
I do not share this world view. As a Christian, I believe that humans are inherently sinners, although with capacity for doing good with God’s help. The story told in the Bible is one where God will re-create this world at the end of time (and beginning of eternity). God will make all things new and give us a world with no hatred, evil, or suffering. Such an undertaking is not within our capacity – only God can do that.
Socialism as an ideology is inherently flawed, because it believes in people’s best intentions. It aims to institutionalize a solidarity believed to be central to the salvation of humanity. But solidarity is not our salvation. Building a system that loves your neighbor does no better job than actually loving your own neighbor. On the contrary, such a massive system has countless more weaknesses and opportunities for abuse because of the sheer size and opaqueness of bureaucracy.
But, some may ask, shouldn’t we at least try to make the world better? This is missing the point. All politicians believe they are making the world better. To me, the ideological foundations of socialism render its ideas worthless. It is better to acknowledge the limitations of Man and work with them to get the best of the situation, than believe in a utopian prospect of revolution.
This is why I stand politically to the right side of the arena The Social Democrats may have some merits, but going further left than that I could never do with a clear conscience. Socialist ideology is simply incompatible with everything I believe in.
As always, I will give my vote to the Conservative Party on Tuesday.