Election Special for Kirwan Uniting Church's Keep in Touch
If you took the same sort of cocktail party etiquette tips which I did, you'd have been taught not to discuss politics, sex or religion. Well religion is sort-of unavoidable in my line of work, so how about the other two? Most of you won’t know this, at least I hope most of you don’t, but the Council and I managed to hold off demands from some outside quarters to discuss a matter concerning sexuality. As you do know at Kirwan, all too well, that sort of discussion promotes division and hurt. So our cocktail party is still on the rails, the weather and the Cowboys are OK topics.
But wait … isn’t there an Election coming up? There is indeed, and Leisa and I posted off our ballot papers some days ago. I’ll be at Synod on Election Day. The results start to come in during a guest lecture. The guest lecturer will comment afterwards, and I think there’ll be a large screen set up for Synod members to gawp at Antony Green - although if past experience is a guide, much gawping will be done over the road at the Surf Life-saving Club 😊
So what do I say to fellow cocktail partyers (partiers, use whichever form you want, leave controversy for politics) who ask, “How should a Christian vote?” God be praised, we don’t live in a theocratic Catholic or Eastern Orthodox country where clerics tell us for whom we should cast our ballot, nor in the American bible belt where voters are urged bizarrely to vote for the most unbliblical ne’er-do-wells imaginable. You’re an educated subset of the electorate, you can make up your own minds. But HWJV? How would Jesus vote? Romans 11 and 1 Corinthians 2 ask, “Who has known the mind of the Lord?”, so it would be presumptuous to say HWJV. But He and the OT writers have left some tips. Matthew 10 “Heal the sick”. Is my favoured candidate from a party with a good track record in this regard? Matthew 25: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Does this sound like my candidate’s party? Leviticus 19: “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” Does my candidate’s party remember that we were all strangers in Australia as recently as a couple of hundred years ago? Is my candidate’s party likely to search for the Peace on Earth which the angels declared at Christ’s birth? Does my candidate’s party agree with the psalmist (Ps 24) that “The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.”. Are God’s earth, seas and rivers in safe hands?
And whoever is our next PM, pray for him or her!