Since I arrived here from Canada three weeks ago it has been interesting to experience a federal election in another country.
The premise of the election is the same, although there are some minor differences such as compulsory voting.
While some Canadians ask the question, “should I vote as a Christian?”, we all should ask the question, “how should I vote as a Christian?”
The first thing we must always remember is that God is in control (Romans 13:1).
God is the true leader and creator of this world and everything goes through Him.
As followers of God it is our duty to choose a leader who speaks and acts out Christian principles.
In order to do this we must be informed on what each party represents and use our judgment to make godly decisions.
Sounds easy enough right? Well, as we all know, parties can promise many different things, some of which follow earthly principles and not biblical principles.
So in order to receive the proper guidance, we must study God’s word, the Bible.
To know what principles God wants our leaders to possess, we need to be in constant study of Scripture.
For we read, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right” (2 Timothy 3:16)
And we must pray, asking thatour decision will be according to God’s will, and that the leaders will make wise decisions.
For we are reminded that, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking” (James 1:5).
And we must never forget to “pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity” (1 Timothy 2:2-3)
This Saturday there’s something even more important than voting! Come along to hear God speak to you and us as we listen to his word, the Bible, and enjoy food, friendship, and the experience of coming together to enjoy a rich relationship with Jesus.
Our talk this week continues our ‘Hope Beyond Chaos’ series as I teach us about the humorous story of Eglon, and the slightly-underwhelming (but enormously encouraging) story of Barak. The title is ‘Holy Laughter and Lightning’, from the Old Testament book in the Bible, Judges chapter 3:12-4:24.
We’ve also got a bunch of questions that you asked from church last week, which I will answer during our church services. They are:
1 Why did God pass over the houses of the Israelites at the Passover?
2 Why does God ‘give’ cancer to people who don’t deserve it?
3 How can someone ask for forgiveness after they’ve committed suicide?
4 Is it a sin to be angry at God?
5 Why does God make us wait for his answer to some prayers, and how do we gain patience?
So what are you waiting for? It’s a great week to come along for the first time, or bring someone for the first time. We meet at 5pm on Saturday, which is followed by a tasty meal then youth group (for high-schoolers), and 9am Sunday for a slightly-more ‘classic’ Anglican service, with awesome espresso.
See you this weekend, God willing!
Grace and peace, Jodie.