Meditations on a New Era

December 3, 2007

We have a new government. Whether we wanted it or not, whether we prayed for it or not, whether we like it or not, whether we voted for it or not- and most people obviously did.

Politics is a cruel game, and even though Mr Rudd was very well mannered in victory, the summary political execution of John Howard was distressing, as was the loss of some other fine people.

I worry about many of the ministers in the new government and their policies, I grieve at the loss of some fine pro-Christian politicians, I am very concerned at 9 ALP governments and their union backers and their ties with the gay lobby, etc. Nevertheless, life has got to go on and God is still in power! Politics is not the main game!

Brian Pickering of the Australian Prayer Network wrote a very perceptive piece after the election. It showed how we became out of touch with our fellow citizens on a number of issues. People want God but not moralism! I can forward the full article to you on request.

But meanwhile here are some thoughts from me:

  1. God is still in power and Jesus is still Lord and we are still to pray “Your kingdom come, Your will be done…” and be Christ’s witnesses wherever. The main things never change.
  2. We are expected to pray for our leaders, not just for the Liberals. Ouch! And by the way, the Libs especially need prayer just now, I think.
  3. There are good ideas on all sides of politics (even the Greens are not the beast!!) and good people too. I’m not sure what to make of Kevin Rudd himself, but I was impressed by news of his 3 visits to homeless shelters and the very gracious way he has taken over the reins of power.  Let’s give credit where credit is due.
  4. Let’s also pray for and encourage all the Christians in parliament and politics, it is a tough game. We in Cook have a new Pentecostal MP, Scott Morrison, and I need to meet him and encourage him asap.
  5. We need however to stand up for what is right, whatever the cost. There will be some challenges ahead!
  6. Let’s keep praying for our nation to be truly the “Southland of the Holy Spirit”
  7. Let’s see this as a wake up call for the church. We did get comfortable under the Howard years. It’s time to get real about Jesus and his love for men and women. It’s time for us to stop squabbling about minor disagreements , even politics, and show some leadership in our local communities and nation. By that I mean, not telling everyone else how to behave, but showing our love in a spirit of service. Maybe Mr Rudd has set us an example here!

Easy to say, not so easy to do!

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