As a Mum, I want to know my children will be able to enjoy the Australia I grew up with. It's not perfect but we do have a beautiful nation blessed with boundless riches in the natural beauty of our country as well as the opportunities we have here that are not so readily available to those in other countries.
Yes, we can definitely call ourselves blessed for as our country has been previously called, we are the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit. But we cannot take it for granted, and we cannot expect it to stay that way if we chose to do nothing.
This election is especially close to home for us as the candidate I will be voting for is my own husband. When God closes one door, he opens another and in our case many doors were closed but only one door opened, that being politics.
These weeks leading up to the election have been some of the busiest and intense weeks of our lives. We have called upon the grandparents to help to keep our home life as stable as possible for our children while we juggle morning to evening pre-polling, radio interviews, public forums, and press releases, phone calls, emails and the list goes on. Then when we finally hit our pillows at night, I find myself even dreaming of politics.
It is not a popular stance we take as far as the media is concerned, but it is one that 61.1% of the Australian population have aligned with according to the recent census data. We bring the Christian voice to the table.
Sometimes it feels like Tony is standing in the middle of a field with only a sling shot ready to stand up against a giant, but just like David, we know it is not our battle but the Lord's. Whatever the outcome, the Christian voice is a voice that must be heard and it is a voice that must give options to the greater community.
Time and time again, we have been reminded of God's great power as we have seen his hand at work in providing for us and positioning us. At some of the public forums, Tony has experienced God putting his words into his mouth as he speaks. Therefore, whenever we feel anxiety creeping in, we are reminded of this verse in 2 Chronicles chapter 20 verse 15: 'This is what the LORD says to you: "Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's".
I have become very aware of how much our leaders need our prayers and support. It is worth so much when people find someone they align their values with and volunteer to help because 'the harvest is plentiful, yet the workers are few', (Matthew 9 verse 37). We can stand and stand strong if we all pull together, and we know that the God we stand for is 'greater within us that he who is in the world,' (1 John 4 verse 4).
I urge you to pray for those who stand in government whoever it may be, that they may make the right decisions for the future of our country, that God will lead them in their decision-making and that we as a country will be a lighthouse to the rest of the world, a land of hope and peace.
" Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." Jeremiah 29 verse 7
Rebecca and her husband Tony, have four children and live on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She has a heart for God and is glad that God loves our country and the people in it. Rebecca loves writing children stories, interest articles and teaching piano.
Rebecca Moore's previous articles may be viewed at www.pressserviceinternational.org/rebecca-moore.html