Christians and voting

It’s gold for Jesus’ party

2005. Avalon Baptist Church in Lower Hutt choose a gold background for this election-related sign so as not to confuse onlookers that it supported a particular party.

Pastor Mike Walker said a blue background might indicate a National preference, red could be seen to support Labour, and green United Future or the Green Party.

“I want Christians to consider who they think God wants them to vote for and to keep in mind which party best represents the polices that best reflect the Christian perspective,” said Mr Walker.

“A lot of people have said they don’t like what the Labour Government is doing, or they don’t like what any other party might have done. But they didn’t vote. If we don’t get involved, we don’t have a right to say we don’t like what’s happening.

“We had a choice; we had an opportunity to do something about it and we choose to ignore it for whatever reason. Some people think their vote doesn’t make a difference, but it could have made an enormous difference.

“To live a Christian worldview and to live a Christian spirituality affects every part of our lives. For me it has been which party best represents family values and particularly which party will benefit the strength of the family as well as the basic unity of society and will offer the best economic prosperity.”

Mr Walker said the sign was both evangelistic and political, but how it was interpreted was up to the individual.

“People need to say, ‘God who do you want me to vote for?’ Even for those driving past, the sign is saying, ‘Have you elected Jesus to your heart, have you given Him your vote to rule your life and let Him govern?’”

“There are a lot of people we would qualify as non-Christians who have a belief in God and would accept Jesus as a religious figure who represents an exceptionally good set of moral values.

“But they stop short saying that He is the absolute Messiah. Some would think about which party best represent the values we need to have in our society.”

By Peter Veugelaers.

Published Challenge Weekly, 2005.

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