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“This is the most important election in a generation”
No, it isn’t.
“I believe this is the most important election in my lifetime.”
Probably not – depending on your age.
“Australia stands at the crossroads of the most important election in decades.”
No, we don’t.
We live in an age where the media constantly use hyperbole and hype to get more clicks on the internet; more viewers for their current affairs and news shows and more sales of their newspapers.
So it shouldn’t be any surprise if these statements sound familiar. It shouldn’t be any surprise that you heard the very same statements at the last election; or the one before.
But all of the drama and suspense isn’t intended, so much, to make us take our voting more seriously and get better informed. Rather, it seems more that it is intended to lend a level of gravitas to an event that has become another kind of reality show.
Don’t get me wrong, I love our democracy and I absolutely believe in the privilege – the responsibility – of each of us to educate ourselves about the policy issues and vote intelligently. I believe Christians should absolutely be involved in every sphere of life – including politics. I believe that one person CAN make a difference – though they’ll never do it alone.
But I also think it’s important to know that on July 3rd, the sun will still come up – whoever has been elected to lead our country. And in fact, more importantly than that, Jesus will still be on the throne of our lives, our nation and our world.
We can also be confident that whoever is elected on Saturday, Romans 13:1 tells us:
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
What a comfort to know that, whether you voted for them or not, our next government is in the hands of God and have been placed there by God Himself. It doesn’t absolve us of our responsibility to be good citizens and stand up for what is right. But it changes the way we relate when we see governing authorities as being instituted by God and not as the enemy. (This was certainly how early Christians saw the government of Rome – an enemy to Christianity.)
Be sure to be in prayer for our leaders as we come to this weekend’s election.
See you on Sunday
Alex & Sarah