Sunday, July 16, 2006

Should I give a crap about politics?

Had an interesting discussion with a good friend the other day about something vaguely political, and I again voiced my opinion thatI really don't give a crap about politics, I really couldn't care a whole lot.

It's only in the last few months that I've been able to remember which parties John Howard and Steve Bracks were in! I definitely really have no voting preference, and often just pick whoever seems to have better policies on the day.

A couple of people in different church contexts have picked me up on this, saying that I, as a Christian, should be more aware of what's going on in Government, particularly as a leader, so I can help others make more informed choices in regard to the leadership of our country. And maybe I should?

Ha made the point that so much of what goes on in our country is as a result of government of some sort, so therefore, if i want to make some sort of a difference in the world, then one (not the only, but one) way I can do that is through influencing government, whether that be through my vote, or by speaking and or writing to them.

I agree with him in one way, and one of the things I've really enjoyed doing with the Huddle has been writing letters to our local MP about the Millenium Development Goals and other such issues that we feel are important.

But on the other hand, one of the main reasons for my dis-motivation is my feeling of powerlessness within the whole process, sure I can vote, and I do, but once my vote is cast I have minimal control over the whole Government process. And it annoys me when I can't try and influence a situation for the better in some way, so I generally avoid engaging with the whole political dealio.

Definitely got a lot more thinking to do about the whole issue, so we'll see...

1 comment:

Jody said...

I agree that we have very little say in how it all works out- regardless of our right to vote. I don't think it counts for much, but I still think it is important- just in case. I also think we can be easily swayed by our church leaders to vote one way or another. Leaders should not tell people how to vote- that would b e fascism. Leaders can make informed decision themselves, that hopefully line up with scripture. But proclaiming that God has 'ordained' our presidential leaders is arrogant and assuming that God subsribes to our political system of a Republic. It's to assume we give God 2 choices and whoever makes it into office is "God's man." Please. I believe God is in control of the universe and everything, but He did give us free will, and he won't force us to vote one way or another in order to fulfil his ultimate plan for a world leader. I think there is more going on behind the scenes that suggests a few elite folks decide who the president is...