We write with some final encouragements to make your vote count in the 2013 federal election.
Keep praying for a good result that honours God and protects our Australian values that are founded on the Judeo-Christian belief system.
We thank God for the many who have been praying for the federal election. In particular we thank God for the Australian Prayer Network who called a season of prayer and voluntary fasting from 5 August to polling day 7 September. Prayer is our most important activity in seeing God’s plans and purposes for Australia come to pass.
Use the tools prepared by Christian groups to help make your vote count. Many have asked about Senate Preference details. The information from Family Voice in Point 3 below is of particular value for those who want to understand how to vote in the Senate.
This provides detailed step-by-step instructions on how to prepare your own ballot sheet if you want to vote below the line for the Senate. It makes use of the well-prepared Family Life International(Australia) ‘Essential Pro-Life Voting Guide’.
Marvel at what God has done this week.
On Monday night there were two nation-wide Q&A’s through which God spoke powerfully on the key election issue of marriage. Early in the evening the Australian Christian Lobby held its ‘Make It Count’ webcast in several hundred venues across Australia. It began with pre-recorded messages by Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott addressed to Christians. Strangely Kevin Rudd said nothing specific about his changed views on marriage whereas Tony Abbott openly restated his belief that marriage is solely between one man and one woman. The distinguished panel of Christian leaders went on to clearly highlight what is at stake in re-defining marriage.
This is all the more amazing and encouraging because the Australian Prayer Network prayer point for Monday
2 September was “Marriage is an honourable state instituted by God, and is the preferred form of traditional family life in Australia. Pray for policies that protect and strengthen the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.”
Yes, God is hearing our prayers! Now it is also up to us to act and make our votes count for Christian values to flourish in Australia.
Warwick Marsh and David Rowsome
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