Senators Speak Out Against “Impending” WHO Global Pandemic Treaty

Senators Speak Out Against “Impending” WHO Global Pandemic Treaty

A controversial move within the WHO to consolidate and expand its global pandemic management powers has been slammed by several prominent Australian Legislators. The proposals under scrutiny are the so-called “Global Pandemic Treaty” and certain related Biden Administration amendments to the International Health Regulations 2005. They would, in the words of one senator, “give the WHO the power to act in a pandemic without the cooperation of individual states”.

Recent comments by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese have stoked concerns that the government will sign a pact that would outsource Australia’s pandemic response management.

In recent posts and interviews, Hon. Malcolm Roberts (Senator, One Nation), Hon. Alex Antic (Senator, Liberal Party), Hon. Gerard Rennick (Senator, Liberal National Party) and former Liberal National MP and current One Nation Senate Candidate George Christenson have all come out in strong opposition to the World Health Organisation’s controversial so-called “Global Pandemic Treaty”.

Their concerns revolve around the ability of Australian governments to determine their own responses to health pandemics while safeguarding the liberties and rights of their citizens.

Both Pauline Hanson’s One Nation and George Christenson have started online petitions demanding that Australian delegates to the World Health Assembly vote against the proposals. One Nation’s petition has received over 50,000 signatures.

Senator Malcolm Roberts also spoke about the Global Pandemic Treaty on George Christenson’s popular podcast, Conservative One.

Alex Antic, a Liberal Senator for South Australia, has written a strong letter to the Foreign Minister expressing concerns about the Amendments and the Global Pandemic Treaty. In it, he condemned any ‘draconian measures’ that would ‘restrain the constitutional authority of the Commonwealth and deprive Australian citizens of their right to medical autonomy’.

Antic finished the letter:

“the Australian people must not be subjected to the whims of WHO bureaucrats, and it is imperative that the Australian Government vote against the Amendments and resist the Global Pandemic Treaty.”

He posted the full text of his letter on Facebook:

“I write to register my concerns regarding the amendments proposed by the Biden Administration to the International Health Regulations 2005 (“the Amendments”) and the impending “Global Pandemic Treaty”.

I understand that the governing body of the WHO, the World Health Assembly will meet in Geneva later this month and, among other matters, that body will discuss the adoption of the Amendments by member states including Australia.

In broad terms, the Amendments seek to give the WHO the power to act in a pandemic without the cooperation of individual nation-states.

I am concerned that if adopted, these Amendments will shift much of this decision-making power away from Australian decision-makers, directly to the WHO and create a one-size-fits-all approach to disease management in this country.

Moreover, I note that on 1 December 2021 the World Health Assembly resolved to establish an ‘intergovernmental negotiating body’ to draft a new ‘WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response’, the so-called Global Pandemic Treaty.

I am greatly concerned that the Global Pandemic Treaty will include even more draconian measures than those contained in the Amendments which will restrain the constitutional authority of the Commonwealth and deprive Australian citizens of their right to medical autonomy.

The Amendments and the Global Pandemic Treaty threaten our sovereignty by allowing the WHO to declare pandemics, impose lockdowns, and enforce treatments against the will of the Australian people.

One must also factor into account the historical failures from the WHO leadership in recent pandemics including a failed response to both the H1N1 and COVID-19 pandemics.

Any mechanism which overrules governments and hands supranational powers to unelected bureaucrats is completely unacceptable. The WHO cannot be allowed to control the world’s health agenda.

In my respectful view, the Australian people must not be subjected to the whims of WHO bureaucrats, and it is imperative that the Australian Government vote against the Amendments and resist the Global Pandemic Treaty.”

The criticism comes just days out from a Federal Election in which so-called “freedom-friendly” minor parties may play a significant role. Nevertheless, neither Antic, Rennick or Roberts is up for re-election in Saturday’s Federal Election.

As we head to the polls, Christians have perhaps more information available than ever before to help them make an informed and godly decision with their votes.

Here are just a few of them:

  1. Christian Values Checklist (a rating and ranking of the main parties)
  2. Australian Christian Lobby — Survey (a survey of individual candidates, although many have not responded)
  3. FamilyVoice Australia (a summary of the main parties and party leaders)
  4. The Catholic Weekly — Election Guide (a summary of the positions of some of the main parties)
  5. Vote Wisely — How to Vote Cards (a how-to-vote guide for below-the-line and above-the-line senate voting)

Please compare and cross-reference the resources linked above. Don’t rely on one resource for all your research.

Whatever the result of Saturday’s election, Christians can continue to pray for our political leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-3).

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New Christian Values Checklist – Miraculous Shift to Christian Policy for Minor Party

New Christian Values Checklist – Miraculous Shift to Christian Policy for Minor Party

We are excited to announce a miraculous shift in the Christian Values Checklist towards righteousness. In our 23 years of our existence, the Australian Christian Values Institute has never seen anything like it. Totally extraordinary.

The Australian Federation Party has produced an ethics vision statement that has forced our team to release a new Second Edition. They have all green ticks, which means they overtake One Nation federally as the political party with the most Christian values embedded in public policy.

The Australia Federation Party has been in existence since 2004 under various names. In 2020, it became the Australian Federation Party.

The two leading figures in the party are Christians, who because of the inspiration of the Christian Values Checklist have courageously spelt out their values on their website for all to see. This now puts pressure on all the other political parties to do the same. This is a miracle. Thank you for your prayers.

There have been some minor adjustments to Liberal Democrats, Labor and the United Australia Party. We have moved United Australia Party on the two LIFE questions, from a red cross X? to straight red ? which signifies a conscience vote on LIFE issues. Research has come to light that Mr Clive Palmer is adamantly pro-life. Our prayer is that he will be bold enough to make a stand for the unborn babies of Australia.

Our goal has been to do a careful bipartisan evaluation of the major party’s positions on matters relating to Christian values and present it in a readable, impartial and accurate form to help Australian voters make an informed choice when voting.

Please find the new versions of the Christian Values Checklist as digital links below. We have a broad Christian Values Checklist for all of Australia and one specific for WA.

Christian Values Checklist 2022

  1. Federal Christian Values Checklist PDF
  2. Federal Christian Values Checklist Jpeg
  3. WA Christian Values Checklist PDF
  4. WA Christian Values Checklist Jpeg

WA checklist 2022

Positions are often difficult to summarise in a format of this kind, and parties have not always made definitive statements. We use colour coding and a combination of ticks, crosses and question marks to rate the various positions of the parties rated on the checklist.

Therefore a ‘?’ indicates in some instances a conscience vote, or a less than conclusive opinion on the party’s position on some of the issues. A Gray Box with a question is an unknown position. A tick in a Green Box equals YES and X in a Red Box equals NO.

Sadly, we have lost the Christian Democratic Party and the Democratic Labour Party to deregistration. Thankfully, Australian Christians are still running in Western Australia and holding the lamp of Christian values high for everyone to see.

Currently, One Nation with its new National Pro-LIFE Policy was number one. Now it is number two followed by the Liberal Democrats at three.

We encourage you to vote for any Pro-Life candidates in either the Senate or the House of Reps in any party, whether Labor, National, Liberal, Minor or independent.

Right now, our nation needs a miracle. So we ask you to join together with Christian leaders and churches of all denominations from all over Australia as we Pray and Fast for 21 days up to and including the Federal Election, Saturday 21 May 2022.

Our prayer is found in Isaiah 9:6, “That the Government shall be upon his shoulders.” Register to receive Daily Devotions here.

There are many good candidates in all the political parties, so please do your own research. Check out the great how to vote resources at ACL with a question survey for every candidate in Australia. Family Voice has an excellent analysis of the major parties.

Another very good Informed Voters Election Guide 2022 has been put together by the Catholic church in Sydney.

We need to support those candidates who have faith, no matter what party they find themselves in as best we can. The checklist has its limitations. It is about the parties, as opposed to the individual candidates.

Martyn Iles has done an excellent video endeavouring to list all the Christian Candidates in Australia standing. It is not comprehensive, but a very good attempt.

Sharon Cousins has put together a how-to-vote in the Senate. It is not without error, but a very good attempt. It is a mammoth job, and she is to be congratulated.

Remember, use all these resources as a guide only. Do your own research. You always must make your own decision. Your vote is your vote.

It is our belief the Christian Values Checklist will enable people with strong Christian convictions to make an informed decision about how best to direct their vote in the Federal Election.

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Still confused about how voting works? Here’s a simple run-down

Australia’s preferential voting system can be incredibly confusing. Consequently, many voters have a very limited understanding of how the process works… and political parties and lobbyists capitalise on this. Here’s a quick explainer to help you maximise your vote this Saturday

If you’d prefer to watch a video summary of the following content, here’s an 8-minute overview:

Levels of Government (State vs Federal):

Australia is a Federation, meaning we have multiple independent levels of government — state and federal being the most important. Each state has its own government and parliament (based in each state’s capital city), and Australia as a nation has its own central government and parliament, based in Canberra.

As most people would be aware by now, this election is a Federal Election – we are electing a new Prime Minister and a new federal parliament.

The Federal Parliament has two chambers: an upper house (or the Senate) and a lower house (or the House of Representatives).

The House of Representatives — The House of Government

The House of Representatives is where the Prime Minister sits. Whoever controls the House forms government — and the leader of that party becomes the Prime Minister.

There are 151 seats in the House of Representatives. Each seat corresponds with a portion of land called an electorate. The voters in each electorate have the power to elect a local politician to represent their electorate in the House of Representatives.

You can find out which electorate you are in by using the Australian Electoral Commission’s website.

Candidates stand in each electorate, each trying to convince voters that they are the best one to represent the electorate in parliament.

Voting in the House of Representatives (Green Ballot Paper)

When you go to vote, you will receive a green ballot paper with a short list of names on it.

On this paper, you must number each and every box, with #1 being the candidate you support the most strongly.

The order in which you number the boxes is called your “preference”, and your preferences do matter.

Here’s how.

Counting the Vote for Your Electorate

When the counters begin counting the votes, they count all the #1 votes (or the “primary vote”) in the electorate. This is called the first “round” of counting.

If one candidate receives over 50 per cent of the primary (#1) vote, they win the seat automatically.

However, if no candidate receives 50 per cent of the primary vote, we move to a second “round” of counting. The counters eliminate the candidate with the least number of #1 votes. You might protest that this is not fair, but this is actually where preferences become important.

Although the candidate has been eliminated, the votes are still in play.

The counters take the ballot papers for the eliminated candidate and look at which box each voter numbered second. The counters then reassign the votes to whomever the voters preferenced second, adjusting the count accordingly.

This process of eliminating the candidate with the least number of votes during each round of counting and redistributing their votes according to their next preference continues until one party or candidate has received over 50 per cent of the overall vote.

As a result, just because a person receives a high number of #1 votes does not mean that they will necessarily win the seat. It really depends on how the “preferences flow” – or on how people number the boxes on their ballot paper. A candidate with a low number of #1 votes could ultimately be the “preferred” candidate in that electorate.

This is why your preferences are so important.

If you found this explanation difficult to follow, you can check out my video, where I visualise the process with simple animations. Click here to check it out.

In each electorate around the country, this process continues until each electorate has an elected representative. Whichever party has a majority of seats in the House of Representatives gets to form government.

The Senate — The States’ House

The Senate is not involved in forming government. It is a state’s house or a house of review, and is mainly responsible for keeping an eye on the House of Representatives and representing each state equally in parliament.

There are 76 seats in the Senate: 12 for each state. However, there are only 6 positions going up for election in each state.

This is because senators serve for a term of 6 years as opposed to 3 years (like members of the House), so half of them go up for election on a staggered basis every 3 years: 6 from each state, or 38 in total.

Senate Voting

When you go to vote, you will receive a huge white paper alongside your small green paper. The white ballot paper is for the senate.

You have two options here: you can vote above the thick black line or below that same line.

  • Above-the-line voting is for parties. When you vote for a party, you essentially give them your vote and let them decide who in the party it helps to elect.

If you vote above the line, you must number at least 6 boxes.

  • Below-the-line voting gives you a far greater level of control over who you vote for. It lets you designate the exact candidate that you want to support — giving your vote straight to them, rather than to a party.

If you vote below the line, however, you must number at least 12 boxes.

The more boxes that you number, the greater chance your vote will have of being effective, so it is important that you do your research and find as many good candidates or parties to support as possible.

Counting the Senate Votes for Your State

In some ways, senate counting is similar to counting for the House (as we’ve seen above). However, instead of over 50% of the vote being required to get elected, a far smaller percentage is needed. This is because there are 6 spots available per state for the senate, whereas your local electorate had just 1 position available.

This smaller percentage required to get elected is called a “quota”. The best way to visualise a quota is to think of it as a bucket.

As the primary (#1) votes are counted, they begin to fill up the buckets. Each party than manages to fill up a bucket wins a seat. Remember, there are 6 seats up for grabs.

Once no single party has enough primary votes to fill up a quota, the elimination begins.

Just as they did in the House of Representatives count, the counters eliminate the candidate/party with the least number of votes.

But the votes themselves are not eliminated. Instead, they are reassigned to another candidate/party according to the order in which the voters numbered their ballot paper. That new party then gets a boost in votes, hopefully helping to keep them in the race for a senate seat.

This is why numbering lots of boxes is important. The fewer boxes you number, the more likely that the counters will pick up your ballot paper to check who you preferenced next, only to realise that they have counted all of your numbered boxes. There are no preferences left to count.

When this happens, your vote will be “exhausted”. At this point, it won’t count for anything; it won’t support any party — it’s gone.

Significantly, the final senate quota doesn’t even need to be filled. The last seat just goes to the party that has more preferences than anyone else.

This is why it’s important to number all of the candidates or parties that you would like (or wouldn’t mind) seeing in parliament. By doing this, you can boost their numbers and give them a better shot at winning the last senate place.

Conclusion

So, that is how the process works. It’s not straightforward, but once you understand the underlying principle of preferences as directing your vote to different parties, then hopefully the rest makes more sense.

Hopefully, you found this article (and the video) useful. Please remember to pray and vote wisely this coming Saturday!

To recap:

  1. On the green ballot paper, number all the boxes in order of your favourite (1) to least favourite
  2. The counters will follow your preferences when the process of eliminating candidates begins, ensuring that your vote stays in play the whole time
  3. On the large white ballot paper, number at least 6 boxes above the line and at least 12 below the line (in each case, number as many as you can)
  4. The more boxes you number, the lower the chance of your vote being wasted

Helpful Resources

Please compare and cross-reference the resources linked above. Don’t rely on one resource for all your research.

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Brief Thoughts on Politics to Help Christians Avoid Cynicism

Brief Thoughts on Politics to Help Christians Avoid Cynicism

Amid the scrum of earthly politics, let us keep our eyes fixed on Heaven, remembering that although governments are important, they are not the ultimate solution to all our problems. Let us be thankful for our democracy, though it may entail a messy process; and extend mercy to our fellow Australians who may disagree with us on what is best for the common good.

On Saturday, May 21st, Australians will be voting for their next Federal Government.

Political parties are in full campaign mode, and our media is saturated with politics. But many Aussies are cynical, including many Christians. Do any of the major parties represent our views? Are they going to do what they promise? Will the people and party we vote for, get elected?

It can be somewhat demoralising.

And so, here are 13 thoughts that will help you keep perspective, no matter who the Prime Minister is from May 22nd:

1) No matter who resides at the Lodge, Jesus will still be at God’s right hand

Christ Jesus will still be Lord no matter who the next PM is. Yes, we should be concerned and engaged with politics, but we need not fear or despair.

‘All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Me…
and I am with you to the end of the age’. (Matthew 28:18,20)

2) We’re citizens of a kingdom that cannot be shaken

We’re dual citizens: citizens of Australia, yes, but ultimately citizens of another Kingdom:

‘But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.’ (Philippians 3:20-21)

And with a (guaranteed) future like that, we need never lose hope.

3) Remember how much we can be thankful for here in Australia

It’s tempting to focus on the shortfalls of Australian politics and Australia as a whole.

But let’s take a step back and remember the many things — the many blessings — for which we can be thankful. Such as Freedom. Peace. And economic prosperity.

Let’s be thankful.

4) Everybody does religion when it comes to politics

A common secularist trope is that religion has no place in politics, so Christians should stay out of it.

But it’s impossible to keep religion — formal or informal — out of politics. Firstly, all of our laws are undergirded by a view of morality. And morality is driven by beliefs of one kind or another. Just take abortion: the pro-choice side believes that unborn babies are not human persons. Can they prove that by reason or science alone?

No, it’s a belief that drives their morality and thus their politics.gi

Let’s remember that the next time you hear that Christians shouldn’t bring their beliefs into the public square.

5) Politics is (usually) downstream of culture

Politics often reflects culture.

And so, a culture in which we’re not allowed to disagree with ‘woke’ views about gender or sexuality will soon have laws that penalise those who hold to the Christian worldview.

Cue: the ‘anti-gay-conversion laws‘ in Victoria. (Coming to all other Australian states near you).

6) Remember that government is not God, and can only do so much

The average Aussie no longer looks to God for help in our post-Christian world.

They look to earthly sources, including the government. Government is meant to be that strength and refuge, an ever-present help in trouble. But although the government is critical to a functioning society (Romans 13:1-6), it can only do so much.

This is probably why so many secular Aussies are demoralised about politics: it’s not delivering their (sky-high) expectations.

7) When we ask the government to intervene more in our lives, it gladly does so

If we see our government as our Saviour, we’ll call for more significant government intervention (protection) in our lives.

Governments will gladly intervene, whether it be protection from speech we don’t like or religious beliefs that we find offensive. But the more governments intervene, the less freedom we’ll have: that’s the zero-sum equation of government intervention.

And while governments are good at intervening, they’re not as adept at getting out of people’s lives.

8) Remember the times we live in: this is a fallen world, not the new creation

If your average secular Aussie no longer believes in heaven outside this world, they’ll look for heaven within this world.

Thus, they’ll expect more from the government: they’ll expect it to deliver nothing less than a promised utopia (and many politicians are only too happy to pander to this desire).

But in a fallen world, there can be no heaven until Jesus returns. And this should temper any hope or expectation of utopia now.

9) Know the difference between ‘straight line’ and ‘jagged line’ political issues

The Bible does speak to some political issues directly, e.g. murder. There is a ‘straight line’ from Biblical text to a particular policy.

However, the Bible doesn’t speak to every issue. Yes, it has principles that apply to nearly all political issues, but there are very few ‘thus saith the Lord’ positions that all Christians must hold.

Thus, Christians will come to their own conclusions on these ‘jagged line’ issues and must have the freedom to do so.

Don’t bind the conscience of fellow believers on issues the Bible doesn’t (see Romans 14).

10) Be generous toward those who disagree (especially over ‘jagged line’ issues)

We live in an age of outrage, where we’re quick to become angry at those who disagree with our political views.

But this is not how Jesus would have us live. While He didn’t say much about most of the political issues we care about, he did say a lot about how we treat others, especially those we disagree with (e.g., Lk 6:27-31).

Treating others this way matters more than winning political arguments or even elections.

11) Know that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others

Democracy is messy.

Yes, we might all get a say, but we don’t all get our way. But when compared to other systems people have had to live under, it is much better.

And so, let’s not be hasty in writing it off or wishing for another system.

12) Understand the difference between what feels good and what does good

There’s a big difference between a policy that sounds and feels good and a policy that does good.

Just look at communism: it sounds fantastic. ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs’.  What sounds fairer, more compassionate than that? Except it’s a disaster whenever it’s been tried (without exception).

Capitalism, on the other hand, doesn’t sound as good.

The free market doesn’t care about everyone’s needs being met: it only cares about results. It sounds less than compassionate.

But as an advocate for the global poor and U2 singer Bono grudgingly accepted, free markets are crucial for lifting billions out of poverty. The results speak for themselves.

As you think about politics, know the difference between what feels good versus what does good.

13) The perfect is often the enemy of the good

Let’s face it: if politics is the art of compromise, few, if any, parties will deliver precisely the things we want.

We’ll never have the perfect party. We’ll never have the perfect politician. We’ll never have perfect policies.

But despite this shortfall, much good can still be done in an imperfect world. Unborn babies can be saved. Human trafficking can be stopped. Slavery can be abolished. And many of the poor can be fed.

Even in our imperfect and broken world. 

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

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Honest Government Ad | 2022 Election

Honest Government Ad | 2022 Election

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Spiritual Warfare: 2022 Federal Election

As voting for the 2022 Australian federal election begins, let us pray fervently for the future of our country, that God’s will be done and His reign begin in the hearts of men.

This is a sequel to my previous piece, Our Kingdom is Not of This World, But We Still Live in It: 2022 Federal Election.

I guess no one who is sane and rational, naturally enjoys warfare. But I guess those spiritually aware might concede they can enjoy spiritual warfare, especially when they get to experience a spiritual breakthrough.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)

Wow, this is heavy stuff. Ephesians 6 has been a most significant chapter throughout my life’s journey, but I sense that for the church at large, it has not received much attention.

The First Battle

I think the first battle in this warfare is to recognise the enemy. It is not Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese or any of the other political leaders. No, the enemy is rather the spiritual unseen authorities, the cosmic powers over this present darkness. The Bible makes clear to me that, in Christ, we have authority over these powers — we simply have to take up this authority in Jesus’ name.

For me it helps me to imagine a series of ‘strings’ attached to the cosmic powers, that pull the players down on earth, first this way and then that way, causing them to dance according to the enemy’s tune. For example, consider any political party you might be familiar with. Have you noticed how they seem to have shifted their focus in recent years from the party you once knew? Well, for me, that’s a tell-tale sign they have been ‘played’ by these cosmic powers and they can’t even see it.

So, my encouragement in this first battle is to pray for the values you hold dear, that they would be demonstrated in your leaders. Pray that your political leaders will be true to their values and not drift off course to another agenda they never actually signed up for. What we are praying for here is praying for integrity in leadership.

Integrity is the practice of being honest and showing a consistent and uncompromising adherence to strong moral and ethical principles and values. (Wikipedia)

The Second Battle

I think the second battle is to recognise the enemy’s objectives.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy… ~ John 10:10a (NIV)

Here I am praying that the Lord would show me, in the spiritual realm, what has been happening on the local, national, and international scale. In recent years, has there been greater freedom for the Gospel, for the church, for justice and for mercy? I don’t think so; rather the contrary. It seems to me that Australia has been suffering an onslaught from the evil one on so many different levels; sadly, culminating in the untimely death of thousands, the enemy’s prime objective.

So, my prayer is to ‘first bind the strong man’ (Matthew 12:29) and then claim liberty for his captives. So, I quote this scripture in my prayers and believe that the Lord hears my prayer. This makes the power of the enemy over our leaders impotent, powerless.

Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house. (Matthew 12:29)

For many years now, I have respected the ministry of Derek Prince. Here, in this video clip, he unpacks the principle of ‘first binding the strong man’ very well. Derek emphasises the need for us to start at home, before going out and taking on cities and nations in our spiritual warfare, although I am sure that the Lord will run to answer any fervent prayers from His children at any time.

It seems to me that there are many objectives of the evil one. I find it best to focus my prayers on one objective at a time as the Lord directs me. For example, right now ‘division’ and ‘disunity’ concern me. At a time when, as a global community, we need to be united in the service of others, we are perhaps more fractured than ever before.

So, my prayer is to bring peace and unity where there has been discord, harmony where there has been resentment. In praying for my local community along these lines, I can then reach out and pray these things for our leaders as we head toward the 2022 federal election.

The Third Battle

It seems to me that the enemy is targeting democratic elections everywhere. It seems to me that one of his tactics is to take away ‘personal responsibility’ (democracy) and to bring in stronger and stronger centralised governments where the enemy’s objectives can be more swiftly enacted (dictatorships). I am getting quite political here!

So, my prayers are for personal responsibility to be championed and the effects of the over-reach of controlling big governments, without the sanction of the people, would be stifled and curtailed.

My prayers in this third battle are for ‘free and fair elections’, without the hint of scandal, irregularity, or external interference. I am praying for the highest level of integrity in all aspects of the elections, including the unbiased dissemination of information prior to polling, the operations of the polling itself and the tallying of the votes.

I am sure that the enemy would love nothing better than to ‘engineer’ an election that ensured the return of politicians that are most easily persuaded to adopt his policies. So, my prayer is for absolute integrity in the conduct of the election, that the enemy’s hands will not be seen anywhere.

I am praying for the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), for all their officers, for communication and transparency in all their operations. I am praying for all the voting places and the supervision of their operations. Finally, I am praying for the collection, tallying of the votes and the work of returning officers and their teams.

Ensure Your Armour is Intact

Spiritual warfare is dangerous. Ephesians 6 tells us about all the relevant pieces of armour we should have on when we engage in battle. Yes, spiritual warfare is dangerous, but I believe it is more dangerous if we don’t engage the enemy. Let’s all understand the tactics of the enemy and make our stand against him, in Jesus’ name! Amen.

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The most controversial interview of The 2022 Australian Federal Election!

Aussie Cossack – Streamed live on May 9, 2022

Riccardo Bosi answering a barrage of hard and controversial questions in style regarding the 2022 Federal Election and his policies on a raft of issues.

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Our Kingdom is Not of This World, But We Still Live in It: 2022 Federal Election

Our Kingdom is Not of This World, But We Still Live in It: 2022 Federal Election

Although we are citizens of a heavenly kingdom and look forward to its coming in full, we have a responsibility to do our part in letting God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Let us vote wisely in the coming federal election, that we may elect leaders who will build a more just society.

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.
If it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jewish leaders.
But now My kingdom is from another place.”
~ John 18:36 (NIV)

Let me tell you a little of my story. I grew up in a Christian tradition and in a country where I was not expected or obliged to vote in elections, and where this verse from John’s gospel was often used to justify this position. I grew up thinking that if all Christians thought like this, our government would never represent Christian values and there would never be any Christians in parliament.

So, what’s the answer? Jesus said His kingdom was not of this world, but His disciples have always lived here. So, despite my upbringing, my desire has always been to see a society permeated, as much as possible, with traditional Christian values.

Christian Values Checklist: Second Edition

This week in the Canberra Declaration I was delighted to read:

We are excited to announce a miraculous shift in the Christian Values Checklist, towards righteousness. In our 23 years of our existence, the Australian Christian Values Institute has never seen anything like it. Totally extraordinary. Second Edition Christian Values Checklist. — Warwick Marsh, Kurt Mahlburg & Cody Mitchell

So, what’s brought this about — the power of prayer? I believe most definitely, yes. Yes, Christians have fallen on their knees in prayer for this election perhaps more than ever in recent history. This is truly wonderful. But, in addition, I suspect many Christians have been writing to their senators and to their federal members over the last two years, raising their concerns. I believe this has borne fruit and our representatives have heard their people.

There used to be a saying that one letter to parliament represents at least ten others who have not written. I suspect members’ office staff have been doing the statistics over the last two years and many have seen the writing on their wall.

So, if prayer and letter writing has created the most tangible shift in Australian political values in 23 years and we have not even voted yet, what effect could prayed-up Christians have on polling day?

Preparing for Election Day

We have to vote in Australia. So my encouragement, along with Molly Joshi’s post, “Preparing Your Heart to Pray for the Federal Election”, is to be fervent in prayer. I have written out a list of all the candidates in my electorate and I am systematically praying for each one. They are all men and women who have put their lives on the line for our nation, and just like our servicemen and women, I believe they should have our fervent prayer support.

Then, I believe all Christians should rise up in God’s strength, use our minds that He has given us and study all we can about our candidates — perhaps phone them up and interview them. What I am trying to say here is that for me, as a Christian, I can’t go into this election and simply vote just the same way as I did last time without a thorough re-evaluation. For me, I believe I must be prayed up and informed and trust the Lord to guide me to number the candidates as He directs me. I don’t want to vote out of habit, but out of passionate conviction that this is the order of candidates He wants me to vote for.

My motive for this post is perhaps to encourage someone to pray up and study up more before polling day, Saturday 21st May. So that you can go to sleep that night with a clear conscience that you have done the right thing. My kingdom is not of this world, but I do live here, and I am passionate about freedom, free speech and justice for all, particularly the voiceless. For me, the Christian faith is the foundation for all these principles.

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