As an observer of Indonesia politics I have no idea what the name of the party can be signified. Its policy and mandate are of more importance. The name of the party can be Christian, Catholic. Islam, Hindu or whatever, it has no meaning. I have an experience in Thailand that people’s participation in every level of administration is the best way to develop democracy of the country.
But the diversity of political party can be one form of people’s participation in national level if that party has make mandate to solve poverty and make an equal opportunity for every group in the country to be able to access natural resources and national budget.
I need the names of head of those seven Christian party with their E-mail id to communicate.
Assalamualaikum. Shalom. In my point of view the idea of religion based political parties is obsolete. The ultimate goal of religion based political parties is to govern the society within a close and narrow minded religious rethoric. It might not be theocracy in a full sense, but it has the same passion. To dominate the society with primordial issues. I think it is better for us to rely more on universal value and virtue. I belive that religions share many common universal values that will enable us to share this crowded political landscape within harmony. As a Muslim I have to remind my fellow men that even Rasullulah Himself are not in the idea of theocracy. His governance obviously embrace Islam values but didn’t put it as a rigid boundaries. And for my Christian brothers may I reminds you that within the history of Israel — as written in The Old Testament — we can see how theocracy colapsed. Isa Al-Masih Himself walk not in the political path but rather on the moral path. Both Rasullulah and Isa Al-Masih are very inclusive. I hope we can learn more from them.
I think most Christians, particularly Catholics, are not interested in choosing a party on a religious basis. Most Christians will choose a party on an interest basis, namely whether such a party could take their aspirations or not. Most Christians will choose a party which is in favor for pluralism.