How to cast the perfect vote… and not cast the first stone

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Many Australian voters will be hoping to cast the perfect vote on Saturday – one that represents the best policies, the best candidates and the best future for themselves and the nation.

Christians, and many other thoughtful people, are trained to be intentional and purposeful in all that they do, conscious of rights and wrongs and doing what is best in the eyes of God or their own conscience. This brings a kind of moral pressure to bear as we sift through the competing arguments from candidates and commentators alike.

Sometimes casting a vote almost becomes a battle to see who will cast the first stone – is there any among us worthy to pass judgement on the poor, political sinners scrambling exposed in the dust?

The hard, but relieving, truth is that the perfect vote does not exist, and never has because none of the parties or candidates are perfect. So if perfection is your goal, your are looking in the wrong place. I can think of Someone perfect, but He doesn’t need your vote. He would appreciate a chat though…

So take the pressure off, sit back and read my summary of the various options based on years of journalism and a relentless reviewing of parties, policies and posting more than 110 articles on the election in the past two months. 

 Oh, and one thing I won’t be doing is telling you how to vote… That’s your decision.

Visit Australian Christian Voter to read the full article.

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2 thoughts on “How to cast the perfect vote… and not cast the first stone

  1. Always like your comment Peter
    I read somewhere that the battle for the people of our nation will not be won through politics but through winning the battle for our culture (which the Church is losing currently) through the arts and creative media etc.
    What do think ?

  2. Politics is something most Aussies think about every three years or so and culture is(various sub-cultures) what we are immersed in constantly, without realising it. We take in stories, narratives, easily and readily but what stories are being told and who is telling them? You are right, the church is not readily found in this place even though Jesus’ stories (and story) have been told for thousands of years without diminishing in power.
    Having said that, politics addresses issues of culture through values and beliefs and policy and so is part of the picture, if a confusing one. Thanks for your comment!

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