Christian Peoples Alliance
Principles (CPA) www.cpalliance.net
What are the guiding objectives and vision of the Christian
Peoples Alliance, its principles, policies - and where did
we come from? The Christian Peoples Alliance is a party
rooted in the historic Christian faith that seeks to demonstrate
the love of God through political service. Our faith and
principles are drawn from the Bible, especially the life
and teaching of Jesus Christ, as well as from Christian
political insights through the centuries. Our aim is to
follow and fulfil these principles in British political
Recognition of Christ's sovereignty over the nations
and in politics.
Respect of God's law as the basis for constitutional
government and a stable society.
Reconciliation among nations, races, religions, classes,
gender and communities.
Respect for human life given by God
Social Justice to address wrongs and provide restitution
to the wronged. Careful economic stewardship of God's creation.
Commitment to the fairness of markets and patterns
of exchange. Peacemaking, by addressing the causes of wars.
Open, transparent government, which subjects itself
to debate and critique.
Principles of the Christian Peoples Alliance
The Christian Peoples Alliance (CPA) is an electoral initiative
working within the traditions of Christian Democracy and
embracing the social teachings of the Churches. Having emerged
from within the non-party Movement for Christian Democracy,
it has adopted the same principles and social vision.
A Christian Political Vision
Christian Democracy and Society
Six Principles of Christian Democracy
| Respect For Life
Social Justice Policies
A Christian Political Vision
We believe that Christianity
gives a vision for the whole of politics - through principles,
policies, peacemaking, economic policy and ethics. The Bible
as Gods revelation and Jesus words and life
are our central guide. We see the death and resurrection
of Jesus as the central human event, bringing peace with
God, and renewed life. We want to live within Gods
love and forgiveness, rather than remain within the old
patterns of human failure in life and politics. From the
first we put faith at the centre of politics
Christian Democracy and Society
We work from a Christian understanding of society which
is: neither individualist, nor collectivist affirms the
second great commandment of loving our neighbours as ourselves
trusts Gods ways for living presented in the teaching
of Jesus and the Judeo-Christian tradition upholds the fundamental
worth of each person as made in the image of God affirms
family relationships, education, worship, work, the arts,
communities, nations and states as part of Gods purposes
for human life sees the state as constitutional and defined
by the rule of law sees government as accountable to the
electorate and in a deeper sense to God stands against totalitarianism
and the political control of peoples lives stands
against individualism, greed and forms of economic domination
which undermine the Christian meaning of neighbour love
affirms the nation, but opposes nationalism seeks international
justice and compassion stands against materialism and narrow
economic terms of reference. The task of politics is to
work for justice - for persons, institutions, communities
and nations, and this we seek to do with Christian vision
SIX PRINCIPLES of
The CPA endorses the six key principles of Christian Democracy
contained in the Westminster Declaration, a statement adopted
at the launch of the Movement for Christian Democracy in
1991. These will shape our Christian political development.
Respect for Life
We accept the life of each person as sacred before God,
to be respected unconditionally. Such respect is important
at the beginning and end of natural life, making abortion
and euthanasia wrong practices. We also see the militarism
of this last century as deeply destructive and want to work
for substantial world-wide peace. The need to provide food,
water, medicine, and economic support for the worlds
poor is a high priority, a higher priority than our own
affluence. In health, aid, trade, transport and welfare
this principle should shape policy.
Justice is often seen in minimal and legalistic terms, but
in biblical thinking it is much richer. Gods justice
is loving justice, for people. It is laced with mercy and
has the purpose of encouraging good relationships between
people and groups. We want to work for policies that value
the integrity and freedom of men, women and children, that
nurture marriages, families and communities and that support
work, rest and freedom from exploitation. We affirm a special
concern for the needs of the poor, suffering and powerless.
Jesus Christ is the great reconciler - of nations, races,
men and women, and classes - and we want to work for reconciliation
and healing among people.
We recognise this is not cheap. It involves fighting pride
and practising forgiveness, repentance, recompence and justice.
But we want to work at peacemaking on Jesus terms.
Our biggest weakness is often indifference to the needs
of others, and this needs to be fought. We are committed
to meeting the fundamental needs of the poor before the
preferences of the rich, both nationallyand internationally.
Economic activity should involve respect for Gods
creation and a proper distribution of work and resources.
We should have fair markets and pricing without unjust concentrations
of power and wealth, and our economic output should serve
people, not enslave or dominate them. We affirm the need
for the State to apply justice to those who exploit and
work against the common good.
Different areas of life like marriage, family, education,
community, business, the arts and media have their own integrity
and often these need protecting and empowering. Within these
areas groups of people need particular support to enable
them to live good lives.
The Christian Peoples Alliance will be developing policies
that express the compassion and justice of God. We will
seek to make a distinctive, Christian Democratic contribution
to politics at every level of government.
International Poverty: We will be working for basic
living standards for all through aid, trade policy, agriculture,
economic reform and addressing western patterns of lending
Birth and Childhood: We will uphold respect for
God-given life in conception, pregnancy, birth and childhood,
working to end mass abortion, human genetic interference,
child abuse, commercial exploitation of children and poor
Media: We will work for high standards and veracity
in the media, against manipulation and intrusion into social
and family life.
The Arms Trade: We will work towards a substantial end
to commercial arms production and trading, especially in
Europe and the United States. Arms cause wars, military
dictatorships, death, injury and acute hardship and we want
to reverse these effects.
Marriage and Family: We want to strengthen personal,
marriage and family relationships through legal, economic
and social change. This also involves protecting the family
against exploitation by employers, commercialism, media
pressures and sex industries. We will protect Sunday as
a day of rest.
Domestic poverty: In Britain there is poverty among
a substantial group of the population. It involves a lack
of resources, education, work, and stable relationships.
We are committed to existing for this group and their needs.
The Economy: As opposed to the economics of self-interest,
we are working for corporate and financial accountability,
mutual responsibility and a fair distribution of wealth.
We want to cut wasteful consumerism and address overwork
Democracy: We want to reaffirm Christian principles
of public service, accountability, the rule of law, the
submission of the powerful to justice, open government and
fair debate. We support constitutional reform that embraces
these principles. We also support the maintenance of the
principle within the constitution of the recognition of
Transport: We propose reform of our transport system
to dramatically cut pollution and energy use.
Promoted by Doug Gibbons on behalf of the
Christian Peoples Alliance, CPA,
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