Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Why My Vote Is Still Up For Grabs: III/V

"In our idolization of modern secular democracy we have imagined that, provided our leaders attain power by a popular vote, that’s all that matters, and that the only possible critique is to vote them out again next time round. The early Christians, and their Jewish contemporaries, weren’t particularly concerned with how people in power came to be in power; they were extremely concerned with speaking the truth to power, with calling the principalities and powers to account and reminding them that they hold power as a trust from the God who made the world and before whom they must stand to explain themselves." - Tom Wright
It is weird to feel powerless. With the modern rhetoric of 'Australia decides' etc., I've been brought up to believe that I can directly affect how Australia is governed.

I am still feeling the bitter aftertaste of the Kevin Rudd spill. But living in the second safest Labor seat in the country, it's hard to see how I vote can make a difference.

It is weird to feel powerless; and then again it's not so weird. Not that being a Christian isn't about power: "For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power." But it is the power of a crucified messiah that I'm used to. It is the power to control and subject people to crucifixion that we have rejected.

And so I take it then that elections are important, but they aren't the end of the world. What is more important is the continued speaking of truth to those who hold power in trust from God.

So how does this help me decide who to vote for?

5 comments:

ryansmartt said...

Maybe you could move to somewhere your vote will count.

Matthew Moffitt said...

Before Thursday evening...

byron smith said...

Wright's point is not about safe electoral seats, but that elections are not a Christian's primary interaction with political authorities in the name of Christ.

And besides, your senate vote is crucial. :-P

Matthew Moffitt said...

Yes, Wright is talking about liberal secular democracies fighting a 'war on terror' and the "confusion about what healthy democracy itself might look like."

I whole hearitldy agree with your comment.

Jonathan said...

I'm not saying that Sam Byrne is actually likely to win, but the very common use of Lab/Lib 2PP to conclude that Grayndler is the "second safest Labor seat" is a bit off the mark.