Rector’s Weekly News Article
17 March 2019
Good morning and welcome to Church. It’s great to have you here especially if you’re new or visiting. We’d love to meet you after church over a cup of tea.
This coming Saturday we will all be heading to the polls to vote in the State Election. A few short months later we will head back to cast our ballots at a Federal level.
I know that around the Parish we have people attending church from a great variety of political allegiances or affiliations and then a greater number of people who are not always sure who it’s best to vote for.
Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, as an Australian you stand in a privileged position. The right to vote and decide how our society and nation should be run is a responsibility that should not be understated or taken for granted. Throughout the scriptures God’s people exist under various forms of government. Whilst the theocracy (that’s where God’s the King and He runs the country) of the Old Testament is held up as an ideal, for most of the Bible, and indeed in our times, a theocracy simply isn’t possible. Whilst God remains the true King of all creation, He has given authority to rulers and governments do justice and look after the affairs of nations.
Jesus’ disciples and many others thought the best system of government was obvious, just make Jesus King! Jesus didn’t agree in the short term. His answer was very simple, ‘My Kingdom is not of the this world’. He will be King over the new creation. He is the King of all who have handed their lives over to Him. He will one day be the judge of all people. But He and His Father have entrusted man to govern man in this age.
In Australia, that means we need to make wise choices at the polls. As you decide who to vote for there will be things pulling you in different directions. There is no perfect candidate or party contesting the State or Federal elections in our seats or in any other. This wild claim is not simply based on all people being sinful and less than perfect. It doesn’t take too much research to find very worrying policies from every political party. We must try and vote for the best choice. Someone who will represent us well and is interested in serving for the sake of all people. It must also be someone whose policies we agree are in the interests of all people.
Pray about your vote. It’s a great privilege, but also a complicated challenge.
Yours in Christ Tim.