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Don't Vote for Christians!
The federal election is coming up in Australia on 21st May 2022. Now is the time when Christians can give expression to their beliefs by choosing one or more political parties to support. I do not invest much hope in the political system at this time in history but that is an article for another time. Nevertheless it is important to cast your vote in a worthy manner and so Christians should not be among those who are ignorant of politics and the electoral system.
For much of my life I was fairly ignorant of the political system and the ideology driving each political party. I thought, wrongly, that others had things in hand and would know better than me. So I chose to remain ignorant and hand my vote to them to decide. When I became a Christian I simply continued to give my vote to the Christian Party I found on the ballot paper. I figured they were best suited to represent my beliefs and the future of my family. The purpose of this article is to save you from that wrong headed approach to politics!
Don’t Vote for Christians!
Now what do I mean by not voting for Christians? I don’t mean you can’t ever vote for a Christian person. Rather I mean NEVER EVER vote for a candidate or a political party primarily because they are Christian. Please I beg you!
If you vote for a Christian because you are Christian and you think they are a Christian then you are making a huge number of unsubstantiated assumptions about their political qualifications.
I have been more involved with political campaigning these last several years and had a brief opportunity to study constitutional law. I have since learned why this way of voting as a Christian is a huge mistake. Here are four reasons why you should NEVER simply vote for Christians!
#1. If you will vote for a Christian. The establishment will give you a “Christian” to vote for.
Enter Scott Morrison. After the postal vote and installation of the gay mirage in Australia most conservatives were disillusioned with the Liberal party especially the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull, or Malcolm Turncoat as he became known. The Liberal Party, the so called “right-wing” party in Australia had become functionally no different from the left. They helped push the ideology of the neo-marxist state and have done nothing to wind it back despite holding government for a number of terms.
So how do they recover a Christian voter’s faith at election time in the two-party illusion whilst simultaneously continuing to undermine a liberal democracy? Simple. You install somebody in charge who on the surface seems like them. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is a church-going man, he claims to be a Christian, he raises his hands in Church and invites the cameras in to watch.
But that appears to be about the depth of his Christianity. What exactly are his Christian ideological beliefs? Do they really impact liberal party policies or is he just a front man for a political system that has no relationship to or concern for anything Christians believe anymore. The latter is most definitely the case. Morrison’s hypocritical comments during the COVID campaign show his contempt for the freedom of Australians.1 His involvement in a range of “dirty politics” reveals he primarily represents the interests of the pharmaceutical and banking cartels.2
However if you stop voting for Christians simply because they claim to be Christian then the establishment parties cannot jerk your chain by simply putting a new cover on their book.
#2. Christians can be ignorant about politics and ideology.
Even genuine Christians though well-meaning are often ignorant about the Australian political situation. Christians want to make a difference and though driven by worthy causes such as putting an end to abortion they do not always understand how Australia got to be in a situation of murdering our own children. How then can they chart a way back?
During a recent election campaign I noticed a Christian party candidate ran a campaign video about a visit to the local Christian radio station. The campaign was clearly designed to obtain votes from Christians who want to vote for other Christians. Here is a perfect example of a campaign designed to get you to do what I am telling you never to do!
During the conversation with radio station personnel comments were made about how the governments were now caring for their citizens during a pandemic with it’s lock-downs and restrictions rather than their usual self-interested focus.
I was gob-smacked by the ignorance of these comments. COVID19 restrictions represent some of the most egregious human rights violations and the greatest assault on fundamental rights ever witnessed in our lifetimes! The agenda behind COVID lockdowns was thievery and an erosion of liberties at the heart of a Christianized society. Yet these Christians couldn’t see it!
Being a Christian might make you a well-meaning person, but honesty and sincerity can never make up for ignorance in politics.
#3. Christians in major parties have little influence and usually vote for the status quo or get kicked out.
The reality is that voting for a Christian inside a major party is usually a vote for major party policies. There is a reason why so many Christians have been kicked out of the Liberal Party recently.3 As the major parties push forward the neo-Marxist agenda there is little room for Christian ideology.
It is no wonder why many Christians and conservatives have left the Liberal Party and formed new parties or become independents. Politicians who leave the major parties do so because they understand that a political and ideological approach besides what is now on offer in the major parties is required to reverse the political degradation in Australia.
Christians that remain in the major parties are usually powerless to influence party policies at a level that will produce real ideological change. Whilst these members may have moral integrity and serve their communities well they usually remain ignorant of or are un-influential in big party politics. They are just along for the ride.
So don’t waste your vote on Christians that can’t help because they are entrapped by the system. By not voting for these people you strengthen better parties and expose the majors for what they really represent. It is better to take an open stand for truth than be forced into a situation of compromise and capitulation.
#4. Christians in Australia have lost their salt.
What are you getting when you vote for the label “Christian”? These days, not a whole lot.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” -Matthew 5:13
And trampled under people’s feet we are. An era of cultural Marxism has not been kind to the Church in Australia. There is not a lot left we are still standing for. And many of those that are standing aren’t brave enough to do so in public.
Secularism has encouraged Christians to do their religion in private. The greatest offense we were told is to offend others and we believed them. Taking a public stand for truth is now considered unloving or insensitive within the Church. Not wanting to hurt any feelings we comforted ourselves with the fact that we can still worship Jesus in private. They won’t ever take that away from us, maybe.
Since the great commission is now another victim of cancel culture one has to question if the label Christian really qualifies anyone for a career in politics. The fact is that politics require courage, courage the Church in Australia has demonstrated it no longer has. If the salt is no longer salty, then the label “Christian” is vacuous of meaning in secular Australia. Stop voting for it when you don’t know what you are getting!
How should Christians Vote?
I dedicate the rest of this article to correct this mishap of voting “Christian”. How should a Christian approach politics and decide who to vote for? This is not a definitive guide but below are several lessons I have learned which may help to provoke good Christian behavior at election time.
#1. Educate yourself in political ideology.
Educate yourself so you can vote wisely according to your beliefs. Before you head off to vote understand something about the available political ideologies on offer and how they square with a Biblical worldview.
Ideology is a set of beliefs about the world and the way people in Australia should live and operate. What are our ethics and values? What kind of society do we want? What is our economic framework? What is the function and role of government? You should decide on a biblical perspective for these broad issues.
Here is an example of what happens when you vote with a poor understanding of political ideology. Let’s say you want lower taxes because you see Australian families suffering. So you vote for Labor because they promised lower income taxes in exchange for taxing wealthy companies instead. But Labor’s ideology of socialism is all about expanding the welfare state and therefore the size of government. Big government and more welfare recipients means more taxation.
Moreover taxing companies really means taxing business owners, or passing on costs to consumers or laying off workers. But because you went to the polls not understanding Labor’s ideological system you ended up voting for political promises and empowered a political ideology that will only ever result in Australian families doing it tougher long term.
Instead work out a biblical framework for your economic vision. Although this is an overly simplistic example, 2 Thessalonians 3:10 states “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” Using this principle you could vote for political parties with an ideological system based on limiting the size, scope and responsibilities of government which encourages people to take up responsibility for their lives and provide for themselves and their communities. According to the bible, it isn’t the governments job to look after every aspect of our lives. With smaller government less taxation is required and more wealth is shared by Australian families. This is an ideologically consistent approach.
In summary, do not focus on election promises rather correctly align your political ideology with your Christian worldview.
#2. Clearly determine a political party’s plan and policies.
Do not vote simply because you like the local politician. Their party affiliations usually matter far more than their character or qualifications. Unfortunately politics in Australia is entirely trapped inside a political system where corporate interests are served by propping up the two major parties.
In an idealistic system parliament would be made up of more independent members who represent the interests of their local constituents. However in practice that is not at all how the current political system works! Usually when it comes time to vote on important issues party policies are what really count and members of the party usually vote the way of the party. There are exceptions of course, but in the current political climate the freedom for members to vote according to their conscience and still retain their party endorsement has become less likely.
Therefore you should be able to clearly discern what a political party’s policies are before you vote for them. Do their policies correctly align with the ideology of the party? Are they mostly compatible with your Christian worldview? If you cannot answer these questions then the policies are too generalized. Such parties don’t have a plan or don’t want you to know what it is. You should not vote for a political party with an obfuscated ideology or one that has no tangible direction to solve the biggest issues.
As an example of policy analysis, the Liberal Democrats (Not the Liberal Party) have released a detailed outline of their policies called the Freedom Manifesto4 all of which involve specific changes they want to introduce. This freedom ethos is consistent so that even economic policies in relation to superannuation give back to Australians control over their own money rather than forcing them to pay it into the banking sector.
Likewise the United Australia Party has specific policies to tackle Australia’s onerous debt situation that has come about through decades of printing money to fund the neo-Marxist agenda. Because the UAP is worried about Australians losing their homes to the banking cartel who have driven up property prices they want to introduce a cap on interest rates at 3%. Likewise they have a corresponding policy around paying back national debt with a specific license on iron ore exports.
Additionally you could look at the Citizens Party’s policies. They have a clear set of objectives that look to recovering Australia’s economy and the peoples finances from the foreign owned banking oligarchy. They believe that almost all problems facing Australia today relate to the greed and theft caused by a fraudulent monetary policy. Their policies reveal concrete solutions to get Australian’s back working for themselves again. Their policies include a postal bank owned by the people.
When it comes to these parties you know specifically what bills they are likely to introduce should they gain a foothold in parliament. You may not agree with these policies but by way of an example the way forward they offer is clear enough to vote on.
Now if you examine the two major major political party websites, you will find their policies are more general. Promise of more jobs, tax relief, extra handouts and funding, etc. Can you identify a consistent political ideology and direction for Australia from these policies? Or are these policies simply designed to obscure the vision and attract people who vote on impulse? You can decide.
Now if you examine the Australian Christians you will find their policies are also vague. They are a loose description of some Christian values. None of them are linked to any specific policy or practical vision for Australia. Without specific information to the contrary you ought conclude they have no depth of understanding about the big problems facing Australia and no plan to offer in remedying them. Christian values are no substitute for having a genuine political strategy.
Do not vote for parties that haven’t communicated a clear and specific set of policies. This also applies to Christian parties.
#3. Know how the preferential voting system works.
Here in Australia we have a preferential voting system. This means you have to vote for more than one candidate on the ballot sheet in order of preference. The candidate you vote number #1 is unlikely to get the job based on primary votes. So unless you have a clear plan for your second, third, fourth choices and so on then you may be unwittingly giving your vote to a political party that is not inline with your preferred ideology.
Political parties hand out “How to Vote” cards at the polling booths. These however are a mere suggestion of how you should vote if you trust your number #1 political party to determine all your alternate choices. Since you don’t know what back room deals have been done with other parties to produce these “How to Vote” cards you should entirely ignore them and not pass the buck on doing the research yourself.
Always attend the polling booth with a list of political parties you support in order of preference. The ones with the worst political ideology or those whose ideology and plan you could not identify should go at the bottom of your list.
Reignite Democracy Australia has a webpage with videos explaining how the preferential system works. This video is also worth watching to understand why at election time you mostly hear from the two major parties.
#4. Vote for real solutions by identifying root causes.
Christians often vote for good causes like stopping abortion and maintaining traditional family values. However if you vote for causes without comprehending the root cause of these issues then you are not really empowering those with actual solutions.
There is little use complaining about abortion or transgenderism to a socialist government. This type of establishment want less people roaming about on earth. They deliberately undermine families so that they can reshape society around secular government that takes the place of both God and the family. They want government to determine the values of society and who will have a useful place within it. Therefore abortion and policies that attack the family by redefining normality form the basis of their political strategy! Therefore funding abortion clinics makes sense to their way of thinking. Supporting mere “causes” achieves nothing in the face of this kind of ideology.
However if you recognize that the abortion industry is not profitable without government sponsorship and ongoing subsidies then voting for a return to sound monetary and fiscal policy means cutting of the supply of dollars that make many of these evils possible. If the government can’t print money out of thin air (i.e. borrow incessantly) then it can’t spend money on unprofitable ventures that the citizens wouldn’t ordinarily pay for themselves. Do your research and vote for real solutions. Most causes you want to vote for are usually symptoms of much bigger problems.
#5. Don’t vote out of fear of a fake crisis!
There are a litany of fake crises and causes driven by the influence of the global corporate establishment. Their sole purpose is to consolidate their power, control and influence over society at large. Those with power want you committed to their causes not defining your own.
If you will live in fear, if you will vote for a cause, then the establishment is guaranteed to manufacture a crisis for you to get behind. The Labor dictatorship took hold here in Western Australia after the 2021 election obliterating any kind of opposition in government solely because people voted out of fear of a trumped up viral pandemic that had no basis in reality!
The biggest fake crisis in politics today is the idea that too many humans are causing climate change and the world is going to be uninhabitable unless we create a whole new kind of society based on global governance. Don’t buy into this garbage!
When I think that 50% of Green’s Party volunteers are likely decent people with a concern for real environmental issues that have been sucked into a fake crisis it is distressing to think that so much political effort is going towards the creation of a slave society rather than fixing genuine issues.
As a rule of thumb, if the mainstream news is telling you to be afraid of X, or to support Y, don’t vote for it! Not without first doing your research. Dive deep into alternative sources of information, read the unofficial science and political opinions. Come to your own conclusions.
#6. Vote for courage and conviction.
Politics is not for the faint of heart, nor the softly spoken, nor those that hold back on what needs to be said. Real change comes when brave men and women speak the truth in the public arena. Nothing breeds corruption more than a political environment where everybody involved is either too polite to bring to light the reality of a situation or scared of speaking for fear of their job.
Two individuals come to my mind in recent times who demonstrated this type of courage. Liberal Senator Gerard Rennick captured a Sky News interview to bring national attention to people who were suffering with COVID injection injuries without recognition or compensation. This was a politically inconvenient topic for the Liberal Party yet the Senator put the interests of the people and his convictions ahead of the Party.
Similarly former Liberal MP George Christensen a Christian man has been outspoken in Parliament on a wide range of critical issues. You can listen to his honest assessment of the dire state of Australian politics in his recent resignation speech.5
The reality is that many elected politicians are puppets. They tow the line on party policies and seek only to do the bidding of their corporate sponsors. Instead vote for courage and conviction. No change will come without it.
#7. Don’t vote for tradition. Things change!
When I’ve been involved in politics I met many people who always vote a certain way. They say, “I come from a Labor family,” or “I’ve always voted Liberal.” Many people view political tradition like a mindless religion as if it were something passed down from their parents and so it would be disloyal for them to reassess.
But this approach to politics is extremely lazy and displays complete ignorance for the changing face of society and politics. The Liberal Party of today is nothing at all like the political party that Robert Menzies helped to create. Likewise the left once protested against war and supported workers but now calls for nuclear war against Russia all the while putting people out of work unless they take an injection enriching the largest corporations in the world.
Tradition is worthless if those representing it have since deviated from their foundational principles. Christians should not be entrenched in political traditions disconnected from the truth.
#8. Don’t Expect Perfection
You will never find a political party that exactly represents your view on every single topic. The fact is, you don’t have to. I have joined campaigns and worked with people who had different outlooks on life but at the time we shared a common and important political goal.
Choose political parties and alliances whose ideological vision most closely represents your understanding of the big problems and the most likely way to tackle these pressing issues.
The movement for liberty in Australia is greatly hampered by an ever growing number of judgmental hypocrites who bounce from supporting one political party to another solely because a leader suddenly said something they don’t like. This political fragmentation impedes positive change. We can’t win by magnifying our disagreements with otherwise agreeable allies. Christian humility means working with, investing in and voting for people who aren’t always exactly like us.
Christians should vote according to their beliefs. But this does not mean giving votes to people or parties who simply go by the label Christian. Rather it means researching the available political parties to understand their ideology and assessing their policies to discern a specific plan forward to solve real issues facing Australians whilst also staying faithful to a biblical worldview.
Further Reading in the 2022 Federal Election Series
Don't Vote for Christians! (20th April 2022)
The Two Horse Race: The Illusion of Democracy in Australia (13th May 2022)
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