As we prepare to vote, we have the opportunity to think about issues that affect not only our lives but the lives of others in this nation and our world. So often the popularist nature of our political system can skew the agenda, and cause important issues to be lost in the latest controversy: issues like reducing poverty, reconciliation, care for the dispossessed, compassion and care for the marginalised and oppressed, building of healthy social and moral infrastructure. It is good for us to think about these things and seek to discern God’s will and purpose on such issues, and not just the issues that give rise to debate on our TV screens and in the pages of our newspapers.
We are also encouraged to pray for our leaders and that God would raise up leaders after his own heart. In the cut and thrust of an election campaign it is so easy to lose sight of this imperative, yet if we truly believe God to be sovereign in his world we can take heart that he will travel with us in this endeavour.
Our vote is a great privilege and one way in which we can seek to honour God as we seek to discern his will and purpose for our nation. May He be honoured in our thinking and commentary, and in the casting of our vote in a few weeks time.