Following the election of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in Australia over the weekend, Christians could be forgiven for considering that they’re in for a troublesome journey over the following few years.
Within the final time period of Parliament, Albanese’s personal social gathering – the Australian Labour Get together (ALP) – proposed modifications to the Intercourse Discrimination Act that might make it more durable for Christian colleges to conduct their enterprise in accordance with their ethos. And with a big Inexperienced vote within the Senate, the ALP will want them to go legal guidelines or threat teaming up with their Liberal/Nationwide opponents.
In opposition to such a backdrop, it will be pure to imagine that Christian colleges and faith-based establishments are underneath larger menace. And but, with each gray cloud there’s a silver lining.
The primary political foyer for Christians in Australia, the Australian Christian Foyer (ACL), ran a focused marketing campaign towards MPs who didn’t assist the Religious Discrimination Bill – a set of laws permitting faith-based establishments to function in accordance with their values.
The ACL’s plan was to reshape the Liberal Get together after it had been hijacked by a extra left-wing faction that was in search of to undermine former Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s promise to deliver anti-religious discrimination legal guidelines earlier than the parliament.
The ACL focused 5 insurgent MPs who voted towards the invoice, dispatching flyers, knocking on doorways, telephone canvassing, placing up billboards and operating newspaper advertisements of their native constituencies.
You might say their marketing campaign was profitable as 4 out of the 5 insurgent MPs who voted towards the invoice ended up shedding their seats, with solely Tasmania’s Bridget Archer surviving on preferences regardless of massive swings to the Liberals in neighbouring districts.
Commenting on the result, the ACL’s Nationwide Director of Politics Wendy Francis, famous: “The Australian Labor Get together responded to the marketing campaign by making guarantees to guard Christian education and enact non secular discrimination legal guidelines.
“Religion communities have held the Morrison Authorities to account for it is failures on these insurance policies and stand able to do the identical for Labor.”
This promise from Labor suggests a larger will to guard Christian colleges and a stronger place on non secular freedom and spiritual discrimination post-election and post-ACL campaigning than maybe what that they had within the final time period of parliament.
It reveals that Christians can nonetheless affect the nationwide dialog regardless of a development in society basically away from Christianity.
We additionally noticed this in South Australia the place a lot of MPs who supported abortion as much as start misplaced their seats.
And it additionally reveals that Christians will vote in accordance with their Christian values and put the person candidate and what they stand for earlier than any social gathering.
This might vastly affect the political scene if events take notice and embrace extra candidates with robust values that mirror their grassroots constituents.
The ACL’s marketing campaign has additionally taught us that the Church of Jesus Christ remains to be a strong pressure.
Nonetheless, assaults will definitely come and it is necessary that as Christians we’re able to roar and use our God-given affect.
As a result of Australia’s best want isn’t a change of presidency however a change of hearts in direction of the Lord.
Isaiah chapter 9 verse 6 says:
“For to us a toddler is born,
to us a son is given,
and the federal government will probably be on his shoulders.
And he will probably be known as
Fantastic Counsellor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NIV).
Ben Kruzins is a Pastor of The Hub Baptist Church in Regional New South Wales Australia. He has written articles in The Canberra Occasions and The Sydney Morning Herald.