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Fundamentalists' cherry-picking of what is righteous ignores the corruption and arrogance in our politics

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I found the Rev Philip Campbell's letter (Write Back, February 20) very narrow and more than a bit concerning.

For an organisation like the Caleb Foundation that seeks godly government in Northern Ireland, it seems a bit bizarre with this election being predicated on allegations of corruption, lack of honesty and incredible arrogance, Rev Campbell mentions none of this.

Rev Campbell highlights two issues which have barely featured in this election campaign: marriage and unborn children. But the scriptures call on nations and leaders to righteousness, honesty and humility, so why Rev Campbell's silence?

Surely, if Rev Campbell wishes to enter the public square his duty is to call for these scriptural attributes to apply and not to ignore them.

Surely, his charge is to speak the whole canon of scripture, not just his own pet subjects?

Would the prophets of the Old Testament ignore the corruption? Would they cover over dishonesty or arrogance?

Surely the Caleb Foundation, as a group of Bible-believing Christians, has more to say to the electorate than: support only those candidates that have the "right" views on abortion and gay marriage? What if a politician supports traditional marriage but is abusing his/her position, or has been corruptly involved in the RHI scheme?

So, let's be clear: issues of marriage and the unborn are important, but the scriptures are not limited.

Surely Christians can't support politicians who are acting corruptly, behaving dishonestly or living arrogantly.

The Bible calls for righteousness; righteousness in all aspects of life.

I'll leave the last word to the scriptures: "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin (in all its forms) is a reproach to any people."


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