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Minister’s Letter – How to vote next week

Minister’s letter – How to Vote next Week

Anglican minister and historian John Dickson wrote a useful article before the last election about how Christians might approach the ballot box. Find the full article “How to Vote Christianly” at eterntynews.com.au. Here are some key points (I’ve added the Bible verses):

1. Don’t vote without thinking. We are to love God with all our mind. This means resisting voting merely according to habit or custom. Luke 10:27.

2. Don’t vote for a candidate simply because they are Christian. There is more to being a good politician than having a personal faith. Good governments don’t need to be Christian. Romans 13:1.

3. Don’t just vote for the bottom line. As Christians we know there is more to life than wealth and prosperity. Matthew 6:25.

4. Do vote for others. Love for others is basic to Christian discipleship. Take this attitude into the ballot box. Philippians 2:3-4.

5. Do vote for the moral health of our society. God intends that governments rule for our good, and because Christians know our Creator, we have a sense of what that looks like. Some policies align with this vision better than others. Romans 13:4

6. Do vote for the gospel. Government policies can be friendly or hostile to the cause of gospel work. Consider this when deciding. 1 Timothy 2:1-4.

I’m not sure there are any candidates who successfully tick all the above. As a friend once said, “Everyone votes holding their nose”! Perhaps the list gives us a good place to start. 

Martin Kemp