Australia goes to the polls on Saturday 18th May 2019. If you are like most Australians, this may feel like just another thing to do on a busy weekend. We live in a democratic nation that we too often take for granted!
All Australian citizens have the right and responsibility to vote, whether we are indigenous, migrant, male, female, working class or wealthy. As Christians we should approach this task with gratitude, but also prayerfully and carefully.
Politicians from all sides have made promises about funding, taxation, border protection, the environment, health and education. It is our responsibility as Christian people to not take our vote for granted, but to carefully work through the various political positions of the candidates and vote in an informed way.
As this election approaches no single issue or policy should be the only thing that informs our decision, but some more than others will have an impact on our way of life, the democratic privileges we enjoy and the operation of Christian schools like Illawarra Christian School.
As you prayerfully make decisions about who to vote for over the next week please consider the various positions our politicians have on religious freedom—especially for schools to be able to employ Christian staff consistent with their faith position, and the freedom we have to teach from a biblical worldview. The next parliament will have to deal with this complex issue and it could have a significant impact on Christian education in our nation.
While we should never be complacent on these matters, the Bible reminds us that God is sovereign in all things, and we find hope and comfort in his power, authority and grace.
He brings princes to naught
and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
No sooner are they planted,
no sooner are they sown,
no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff. (Isa 40:23-24)
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (Rom 13:10
Here are some links to websites that might help you as you prayerfully consider how to vote. Both are non-partisan and provide helpful things to think through as you decide who you will vote for.
Eternity News has compiled a helpful guide with a range of Christian commentators discussing many different areas of policy and thought. There are lots of links to current policies from the main political players.
This post from Queensland Presbyterian minister Nathan Campbell was actually written for the last federal election in 2016, but still provides a helpful framework for thinking through the kinds of issues that might concern Christians in elections, and how to prioritise them.