God is not a political tool - CDP

2011-04-11 19:29

Johannesburg - God cannot be used as a political tool, the Christian Democratic Party (CDP) said on Monday.

"... the Christian rather is God’s tool, and that includes his responsibility when making his cross on the ballot paper," CDP leader Theunis Botha said in a statement.

He was reacting to reports that President Jacob Zuma had once again portrayed the African National Congress as "God's party of choice".

The City Press reported last week that Zuma told an ANC rally in the Eastern Cape to "believe in two things: God and the ANC".

He said: "When you vote for the ANC you are voting for Qamata [God], Qamata is the midst of the ANC".

"We are the mother of democracy, no other party deserves to be voted for other than the ANC. There’s always the presence of God where we are. When you vote for the ANC even your hand gets blessed," Zuma said.

Voting for the devil

In February Zuma told a crowd in Mthatha that a vote for the opposition was a vote for the devil.

Botha said Zuma demonstrated what he thought of churches who were determined that their prophetic voice be heard.

The United Reform Church had advised their parishioners not to vote for the ANC and the Vrye Gereformeerde Kerk (VGK) advised their parishioners to make sure that the party they voted for upheld the principles of the church, he said.

"Should other churches now follow the example of the VGK, and point out to their members how the ANC’s abortion, gambling and other secular legislation contravenes the Bible, then the ANC can only blame themselves for electing a person such as Zuma as party leader."

Botha said the CDP was encouraging churches to tell their parishioners that they do not want them to vote for the ANC or any other party that contravened the values and principles of their churches.

  • XXian - 2011-04-11 19:44

    Let me say he has done done a splendid job standing up for his beliefs. I am extremely impressed with both his directness and the strength with which he presented his faith. I can say with almost no hesitation whatsoever that he fulfilled his duty as a Christian and impressed both God and Jesus, as well as most every Christian worldwide with his statement.

      Grant - 2011-04-11 20:00

      Not quite sure whose statements you are referring to. If you are referring to Zuma, then its a thumbs down. The majority of this mans actions are not those of a Christian - fraud, corruption, extra-marital affairs, illegitimate offspring and an outright liar. If you were referring to the CDP spokesperson, then you get a thumbs up. Maybe you would like to clarify.

  • william.botha - 2011-04-11 20:06

    I cannot see the CDP making any inroads in the political scene in SA. To run a country on Christian rules and regulations draws a parallel in Muslim countries. Religion is a personal conviction and should stay that way.

      Paul Mandla Nkosi - 2011-04-11 20:18

      Let's give them a chance maybe they could make inroads

      william.botha - 2011-04-11 20:21

      Yes Paul, I am not opposing them, but I think they will stay a minority party.

  • v3 - 2011-04-11 20:17

    As President 783 becomes more desperate he becomes more evil.

  • Valis - 2011-04-11 20:36

    @Grant: "this mans actions are not those of a Christian - fraud, corruption, extra-marital affairs, illegitimate offspring and an outright liar" Wrong. Xtians commit these acts no more and no less than anyone else. Believing in some imaginary sky fairy doesn't make any difference to human nature. Also, I don't think it's a good idea having a party consisting of people who believe there's an invisible man in the sky that can do magic, to have any sort of political power.

      flamewulf - 2011-04-11 21:04

      This post shows just how dim some people really are when it comes to religion - especially when they have an agenda against religion. They are no different from religious fundamentalists who rail against liberalism. They are two sides of the same coin.

  • Jeanette le Sueur - 2011-04-11 20:37

    I just pray that God will relieve South Africa of all it's pain and provide healing without discrimination to pave a highway to heaven with all the parties that He allowed to form in South Africa to stand together and wellcome all the other parties wanting to emerge and those in the neighbouring countries, the rest of the continent and around the globe to join in the biggest celebration integrating all the amazing angles and curves of being alive. South Africa needs to start leading the global magic and forget about those pointing to the difficiencies of others to try and inflate their own value.Everything is equally important.It's time people start showing others how to build security and respect.It's time we start appreciating everything that's on the table.Surely God created the devil for his value.How much hell do people need to reach compassion ? Political parties would get further by actively changing pain to hope with their healing deeds like Jesus did instead of wasting their spotlight in the media on discussing each other's inadequacies.

  • Bill - 2011-04-11 20:40

    Politicians should not invoke religious rhetoric as a political tool and religious groups should stay out of politics….! In other words….both sides should shut up on the subject, politically!

  • joe - 2011-04-11 21:14

    how can any so-called christian political party accuse others of using god as a political tool if he/she is in their mandate! i do NOT understand!

  • CapeTownJunk - 2011-04-11 22:05

    "Don't use God as a political tool", says the man whose political party is named after the son of the very same God. Spot the hypocrisy.

      vessela.hobson - 2011-12-21 15:07

      how do they even say this with a straight face?

  • Badballie - 2011-04-12 08:01

    The very name CDP involves God in politics, a bit like the pot calling the kettle black. As already stated in the comments here I don't believe that the CDP has the staying power to drum up much more support than they already have, but wish them luck in the coming elections anyway. Any vote not given to the ANC is a vote in the right direction

  • Gatvol - 2011-04-13 22:20

    The ANC can no longer canvass for votes on the basis that they serve the country, because more and more people realize that the ANC doesn't deliver.More than that they get caught out with their hands in the cookie jar on a daily basis. Telling the voters out there to vote ANC because Mandela is in ill health, well that's bad. But to brainwash the voters in God's name is despicable! Does Zuma not have any morals/ standards??

  • Old Nick - 2011-05-04 23:28

    Why are there so many parties with the word 'christian' in their names? Anyone who use christianity (or any other religeon for that matter) to coerce others into supporting their causes or doing business with them should be given a very wide berth indeed, infact I remain somewhat in favour of just shooting them and being done with it. Bloody godbotherers. Standing by your beliefs doesn't make you an honest person, and trying to convince others of your goodness and worthiness by 'linking' your cause to the eternal, the allmighty, the ineffable idea of an omnipotent and omniscient god, is the lowest most loathsome form of dishonesty. In a word 'Sies'.

  • Zeus - 2011-05-05 06:17

    Seems like the CDP makes money by both tithes and via taxpayers. They forget Dear Mr Rev Botha! Howzit! Talk about hypocracy by the former lead church, Die NGK! We find it strange that for 40 years they preached a theology that they now denounce and in their Biblical Theology they believed,lived and benefited from Romans 13: 1-7. They preached " let every person be subject to authorities.For there is no authority except from God" They enforced this with apartheid laws and their Graaf Reinet developed theology was simply called Apartheid, even simpler..The White Aerian Race is superior by color,genetic make-up and intellect.Perhaps they should do as their good book teached," Then do good and you will receive approval";this implies that they should vote for the ANC and to all you hypocrates that attend church on Sunday and hide your own sins as to demonize Zuma..when u sit in church remeber that in the same context( after all your extra-marital affairs which you whiteys do anyway as a cultural practice)"pay respect towhom respect is owed" Now The DRC should refrain from its hypocracy,it istantamount to similarities of the Pharisees that cruzified Jesus! How dare the VVF plus decry no tax paying,they are hypocrates when they go to church,they dont read and understand their own Bible. They paid Verwoerd taxes,and FW and PW. Catch a theological wake NGK! Practice what is in your Bible.CDP,The Pharisees had their own political party,seems as if you are trying to rob God and the taxepayer. Zeus

  • Catarina - 2011-05-05 10:58

    Why the fu##%& can't people use their brains? God has nothing to do with politics. Politic and religion must not be mixed together. When those two realities join we open a pandora box for nepotism and fundumentalism. Get Jesus and God out of the equation. Stupid morons...

      Catarina - 2011-05-05 11:00

      Just to correct the bad spelling... fundamentalism

  • vessela.hobson - 2011-12-21 15:06

    HAHAHAHA God is not a political tool.......says the bloody CHRISTIAN PARTY!!!! hypocracy much??

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