Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has spoken of living out her Christian faith as part of her prominent post.
Forbes, whose parents were missionaries, is a member of the Free Church of Scotland, and is also a senior member of the SNP, having been in Nicola Sturgeon’s cabinet since 2018.
Speaking on the BBC’s political think tank podcast, she has admitted at times ‘tiptoe’ about her faith, but points out that she never tries to hide it.
‘Jesus saved me’
Forbes said, âTo be honest, I believe in the person of Jesus Christ.
I believe in the person of Jesus Christ
“I believe that he died for me, that he saved me and that my call is to serve him and to love him and to serve and to love my neighbors with all my heart and soul, mind and strength .
âSo for me it is essential to my being. Politics will pass – I am a person before I am a politician and that person will continue to believe that I am made in the image of God. “
The 31-year-old PSM also believes it is important to be able to represent all of your constituents, even when their sensibilities clash with yours.
She said: âSome of them will agree with my policy, some will disagree. Some will agree with my faith, others will disagree.
Politics will pass
âI have a duty to represent them, but I also don’t want to mislead my constituents and I think being frank with them about my faith, who I am, my background is really important.
The finance secretary also spoke more widely about respectful debate, saying some people have “lost the ability to debate issues” without hating those who disagree with a different point of view.
She said: âThose who disagree with me are calling my side, but I’m looking at my Twitter timeline and the levels of vitriol, abuse and creative slurs are such that I can’t read it.
“So I think the problem is by no means monopolized by one side, and my job and that of the others is to try to break that mold.”
Scotland “ aggressively secular ”
In The Spectator, Stephen Daisley said that âForbes’ profession of faith and the blunt manner in which it is dispensed is totally at odds with the aggressively secular and increasingly anti-religious worldview that dominates Scottish public life, from politics and civil society, the news media and universities â.
Daisley noted the criticism she has faced regarding her Christian views on abortion and radical transgender ideology.
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