A fascinating experience, saying anything publicly about the UK voting system. We're all due to have a referendum, er, in about 3 months time. There seems to be an eerie silence on the subject in public places, however. This is probably because people regard it as an issue for political anoraks, and thus nothing to do with real life, let alone morality.
Hang on, though. I am sure good Christians have every right to take various points of view about the best voting system on offer, but I would be deeply disturbed if they just switched on their morality override as they did this. We are told that God is a God of justice, who loves equity (Psalm 11 and Psalm 33) The theme is reflected on many occasions in the Hebrew Scriptures. If it strikes them that the present system serves such values best, they should support it. But a purely pragmatic approach cannot be the best way to deal with the question.
But this is about politics, a generally dirty and shame-inducing word among the English who like to pretend they don't have politics, because that is generally the best cover for underhand politics. This is what Disraeli meant when he said “A British government is an organised hypocrisy.” Actually, Jesus had strong views about organised hypocrisy - why not us?
The fact is people sometimes misunderstand what Jesus was saying when he pulled out a coin and said “Render to Caesar...” He is sometimes thought to be saying there are two worlds, religion and politics and never the twain shall meet - a very convenient view for politicians. That's not, however, what he meant. He pulled out the coin and asked whose image it bore. Caesar’s - so it must be Caesar’s. But turning from your money to your life, whose image, we may ask, does the whole human being wear? God’s. We are to render to God the things that are God's — the whole of life that bears his image.
So by all means let's have a discussion about voting systems. I wonder what general moral principles we will be using as we take our positions. The answer “None, because this is about politics” strikes me as distinctly weedy, nasty people would suggest “sub-Christian.”