By Rev Kevin Wares
As a nation we couldn’t make up our mind at the election.
The vote is still being counted and it is not clear whether the coalition will gain the 76 seats needed to form Government in its own right or some form of minority Government will be formed.
Half of the population will not be happy.
So what is a Christian attitude to this?
Jesus said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”
If you attend our church on a Sunday or any Anglican church you will notice that we often pray for those who rule us. Why?
Some principles from the bible:
- God puts government in place (Romans 13:1)
- Bad government can still accomplish God’s purposes (Acts 4:27-28)
- Pray for Government (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
- Obey the government (1 Peter 2:13-17)
- The Government of God brings change- its already happening and ultimate justice comes in the future with Christ’s return (Mark 1:14)
Does that mean that we don’t seek political change or lobby for justice? The answer is no! Sometimes Christians have disobeyed such as when asked to deny Jesus or to commit immoral acts. As citizens we are governed from Canberra yet subject to the Kingdom of God.
Almighty God, we pray for the formation of stable government for our nation that will enable good to be done in our land. AMEN