The ACDP is focused on becoming part of a legacy of Christian Democrats. Throughout history, in many countries, Christian Democrats have been instrumental in establishing democratic principles and prosperity.
There are many examples. William Wilberforce, a British MP, campaigned for years in order to end slavery in response to his Godly belief in the equality of man. The Christian Quaker Business Movement were instrumental in reforming labour conditions and seeded many of the changes in labour laws that resulted in rights for workers. These changes included paid leave, health and safety in the workplace, decent accommodation and banning child labour. In Germany after the second World War, the Protestants and Catholics united to form the Christian Democratic Union to reverse Nazi ideology and rebuild a broken country.
“All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing”
~ Edmund Burke, Irish Statesman and MP.
Politics are a classic example where in recent times, the absence of men committed to Godly principles and integrity have really allowed evil to flourish. In politics, significant decisions affecting the quality of life of every person are made. Although there are Christians in every party, when it comes to voting for legislation, you can’t tell a Christian MP in a party from any other MP in a party – party discipline requires them to vote as one irrespective of personal beliefs. The same is true for a person of any religion. This is why the ACDP is not only a party for Christians, but we believe that the Godly principles for which we stand are common to the majority of South Africans irrespective of religious belief. The ACDP also stands strongly on the need for freedom of religion.
The ACDP is one of the few parties with a true representation of all South Africans from the rainbow nation. Our representatives in Parliaments of South Africa, as well as in Councils and leadership of the party represent different race groups and cultures from within South Africa. Instead of using fear tactics along racial lines that relate to issues of the past, our voters are encouraged to vote for us based on our principles, our proven record in fighting corruption and tackling issues, as well as our sound policies on Economics, Justice, Social Development and Rural Upliftment. A study by the Human Sciences Research Council showed the demographics of our support to be 50% black, 18% white & coloured and 12% Asian.