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Do Christians not care who governs them?

  • Written by  Comment: Tom Baxter
Toowoomba North candidates at the ACL ‘Meet the Candidates’ Forum.

Local resident Tom Baxter believes Christians need to be more involved in the political landscape.

This can be a touchy area of discussion for some Christians.

A week before the QLD elections, the Australian Christian Lobby conducted a Meet the Candidates Forum for the electorate of Toowoomba North in one of the city’s church halls. 

The Forum was run well and most of the candidates spoke and conducted themselves well. 

However the crowd of only fifty seemed disappointing to me. Do Christians not care who governs them, or have no interest in who they are voting for?

Churches send missionaries all over the world at great expense and sacrifice. We even send them into our schools and hospitals and prisons as chaplains.

And even though politics impacts on all of our lives considerably, we often don’t think that this important area of life also needs “missionaries.” 

Imagine if many ordinary “church going” Christians saw themselves as missionaries for the love of Christ, and His values, in all of our political parties. 

There has been much complaint concerning arrogance in some of our political leaders. The mark of a Christian should be humility, so in theory our involvement should be a positive influence on those around us.

The man who was an amazing missionary to the political process of his day was Daniel of Old Testament fame. Actually he was a slave in exile but his humility so impacted the politicians of the day that the course of history was changed.

Our political process desperately needs the example of the humility of Christ. Christian involvement should bring this about. 

How tragic when Christians lack humility and spend too much time in the “parading of self.”

It is easy to complain about our politicians but if we fail to be “missionaries” in this very important sphere of life then we will get the “government we deserve.”

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