Change your Party's name.
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The Christian Democratic Party occupies a legitimate position in Australia's political landscape, but we call on them to change the name of their organisation because at present they are not living up to any of their titular nouns.
Christian (n): Followers of Jesus Christ. (Acts 11)
Democratic (n): relating to, or supporting democracy or its principles.
Party (n): a social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment.
a formally constituted political group that contests elections and attempts to form or take part in a government.
I have no doubt that Fred Nile and those associated with the CDP are Christians, however, it is clear from recent hateful nationalistically driven attempts to prevent other citizens of Australia exercising their democratic rights (where a CDP Facebook post suggested Australian flag face paint is the "only face-covering that is acceptable in Australia"), that the CDP's actions are not those that can meaningfully said to be following Jesus. Jesus laid down his life for his enemies to make them his family, and called those following his example - taking his name - to love our neighbours (and our enemies). There is no Christian rationale for treating a fellow human as an enemy.
It is also clear that the CDP is not interested in extending democratic principles to those people they disagree with. It is also clear that they are failing to adequately act as a party in either sense - in this bigoted posturing dressed up as 'Christian' they are neither entertaining, nor 'attempting to form or take part in a government'.
If you are not going to speak in any way that recognisably represents or recommends that people find their identity in Jesus - God's king - then please change your name.
"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body." - Philippians 3:20
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