How to vote christianly
Posted: 21 March 2011 / 1 Timothy 2:1-3
This Saturday is the NSW State election. As we think about how we use our vote, it would be worth reading a short paper written a couple of years ago by John Dickson (founding director of Centre for Public Christianity), called “How to Vote Christianly!” (pdf).
In short he encourages us to:
Not get into an unthinking voting pattern
Not vote for someone just because they are a Christian, and
Not make economic prosperity the central issue
Vote for others
Vote for the moral health of the community
Vote for the poor and weak
Vote for the gospel, and
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:1-3).