Politics and faith: Are they Interrelated?

Politics and faith: Are they Interrelated?

Politics and faith seemed to be very well related entities in most of the world half a century ago. That can be explained by how common it is to find countries built on certain religions during their foundation. The notion of the correlation of politics and faith is becoming less common, however. One major factor to this is the millennial generation, the ‘digital natives’ who continually form a large part of the adult world population. Many of them continually criticize the influence of faith to religion for various reasons. Lessons of separation of the church and the state may be borrowed from countries like the United States. It can serve the nation well, sidestepping conflict, given great diversity in many modern countries. Freedom includes the freedom of religion, and not prescribing nationals to a certain faith.

God seems to represent good in many faiths. Politics is, conversely, a dirty game and thus does not seem to mix with religion. The merging of those two entities is difficult and fuzzy–it makes unclear of what is acceptable and what is not

In many countries, still it appears as if no politician can run for office without showing fervent belief in God. There still seems to be no tolerance for politicians of minority faiths or of no religious faiths in most countries. Despite the growing diversity in a free society, some of these ancient beliefs seem to be with us still.

Politicians often use religious movements as affiliations so that they can get block votes from voters in such associations. That represents theocracy which is against the spirit of democracy. Some parties label themselves with certain religions, preferably the majority in conservative areas, so as to win favor from their people. Such nations end up demeaning equality as some religious individuals will purportedly support parties with anything, evil or not, as long as they are the ‘party of God.’

It is evidently notable that lots of millennials and other young individuals, the world over, have distanced themselves from God in political debates. Others have stopped subscribing to faith and religion, in growing figures every year. A change is likely to be seen especially in countries where young people form a large fraction of the population.

It is impossible to ignore the influence that millennials have in politics, and even other spheres. The group is famous for original thinking. For instance, in a digital world of instant feedback, millennials prefer unassumingly prefer to get information first hand, from a direct comparison of restaurants in their area to the current rental property insurance rates.

If politics were more open to various groups, maybe more people would participate. In a changing world of information, it is becoming harder to lie to people, it is harder to be hypocritical. Political parties that hide in the guise of religion in hope for uninformed political favor are at an increasingly perilous state. They are likely to be phased out soon, unless they get more inclusive.