We have just had an election. Polls were close but gave the opposition a better chance than the incumbents. In the end the result was a surprise.
We are very privileged to live in a democracy. This extends to the fact that we have checks and balances to ensure that there is no serious fraud. This is one of the most important reasons that people can have confidence in their government.
Is Voting Compulsory?
Although it is compulsory for us to go to the polling booth, there is total freedom to either vote correctly for the most favoured candidate, or to put a blank paper into the ballot box. No one will ever know. Because it is compulsory, every effort is made to ensure people are able to reach a place to vote. This time there were three weeks before the final date, that voting booths were set up in different places for people to get to.
Everyone was surprised when they learned a few hours after the polling booths closed, that the opposition did not have a hope of forming government. It looked like the incumbents would have to form a minority government. The final results may take several days.
What Is The Future Now?
But what does this mean for our country? We now have a Pentecostal prime minister. And whether we voted for him or not, that is the fact for the next three years. Both major parties now have internal rules that an elected prime minister may not be challenged in the term that was won at election.
Every Bible believing Christian knows “… the authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1) and “Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities.” (Titus 3:1) Each and everyone of us should be praying for the one of us who has this enormous burden of office. The temptations are great. The compromises are realistic. With our prayer support, whether we voted for him or not, we should see God’s grace on this government.
God cares for our Nation and Government.