Before I continue, a caveat – I know very little apart from what ive read about the inner workings of the labour party, and – similarly I know as little about the inner workings of the church. However; id like to venture into the muddy waters by offering this thought;
Is electing Jeremy Corbyn to be the saviour of the Labour Party, akin at the moment to trying to get, for example, your most favoured theologian/philosopher/vicar/Bishop to save the Church of England? or your local church.
At the moment my local church is in the process of trying to find a new minister, and though its not been an easy time for the church in this process, its a repeated conundrum across the country, in that often different groups/ideals of people seem to befall age-groups , and the age groups have to compromise. Yet the person who is elected has the expectation of making huge change, of growing the church, of saving communities etc. As ive thought about this on a local level, realising that its often the largest demographic group in the church that is often the most conservative when it comes to changing the systems and methods of the church. Because the recent past of the church is oft forgotten, but the distant one (where 100’s of people came to church on a sunday post war) remains a memory.
Is Jeremy not only the unlikely saviour of the Labour Party, but with the cronies of the recent past, and memories of the distant past to haunt the party, is he able to be the Saviour at all? Is the political system and political population of post academic politicians able to stand behind almost the purist, philosophy of hope.
The danger of trying to appoint the superhero to any position of leadership is rife across the board anyway, whether its in the church, sports or politics – so maybe this is an easy comparison to make. Alot of hope is placed on those who maybe cant enact change from within a group or community to effect change for those on the outside.