making disciples of Jesus
With the Tasmanian state election approaching with great speed, there is much for us to ponder and prayerfully consider as we prepare to cast our vote. I have found an article by Dr John Dickson, written some years ago to be very helpful in considering how to vote as a Christian. He argues in part:
"While Christianity is not party political, it is political in the broader sense. At a fundamental level, faith concerns life in society—the word ‘politics’ comes from the Greek politeuō, meaning to live as a citizen. Everyone who is concerned with the life of our wider community (as every Christian must be) is ‘political’ in the larger sense of the word."
Dr Dickson then outlines a number of things that should not and, in turn, should inform or direct a Christian's vote, including in the list of 'shoulds':
"the moral health of our community provides another motivation for the Christian’s vote. Personally, I think the church has no right to seek to impose a Christian way of life on a largely secular society (‘What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?,’ said Paul in 1 Cor 5:12). Having said that, as citizens who believe that a society’s health depends (in part) on living as the Creator designed, Christians will want to ponder: which party and/or policies will promote the values applauded by the Creator, the values of justice, harmony (nationally and internationally), sexual responsibility, honesty, family and mercy."
The current state election has many such issues that need to be considered by all voters, but particularly by Christians, as we seek God's best for our state and our community. Our Bishop, the Right Reverend Dr Richard Condie, has helpfully written to us, outlining some of these matters, and shining the light of Christ onto our deliberations. You can download a copy of this letter here.
I encourage you to read both Dr Dickson's article, and Bishop Richard's letter as you consider your vote this week. And I urge you to pray, as the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy:
"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:1-3