Thursday, June 30, 2016

5 Thoughts on the Election

We are two sleeps from the circus that is the Australian federal election. Will we have yet another new Prime Minister in Saturday?

It's easy to become sceptical and disillusioned with politics. I'm not a 'political person' by any stretch of the imagination, but here are my late Thursday night ramblings:

1. There is no such thing as a 'Christian vote'. There are godly Christian politicians and voters with differing views on how to honour God in the political arena.
2. Don't waste your vote. Millions of people around the world would love an opportunity to vote. Be thankful we don't live in a one-party state, all citizens can vote, we vote privately in booths, and we don't have people with guns standing over us. You may think your vote doesn't matter, or that all politicians are donkeys, but if you do a donkey vote you're the biggest ass of all.
3. Research your vote. Check out where all of the parties stand on different issues. If you're a Christian, don't just vote for someone because they say they're a Christian without seeing how their policies line up with God's Word.
4. Gay marriage and abortion are important issues, but they are not the only issues that matter.
5. We cannot make Australia a 'Christian nation'. Only the gospel can save, not by electing Christian politicians. But Christians have a role in our democracy by speaking God's truth to a nation that has largely turned its back on Him and does what is right in its own eyes. Christians have as much right to voice opinions in politics as any other group.

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