Obadiah on Scripture, elections and a citizenship that’s present in heaven

Subsequent one: The outdated ALP members card used to say, “The unity of labour is

Subsequent one: The outdated ALP members card used to say, “The unity of labour is the hope of the world”. Improper. Obadiah has been a eager union member for many of what laughingly may be termed his profession. (He definitely careered.) However he is aware of that the hope of this world is the following one.

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In however not of this world: Pastor Mark Edwards – a key thought chief within the Australian Christian Church buildings community – wrote in Eternity that he felt unheard within the election.

Not a lot throughout the marketing campaign however on election evening itself.

“In the event you have been a type of disillusioned who delivered a physique blow to the federal government by electing somebody outdoors of the most important events, then waking up Sunday morning should have felt so good.

“However as an individual of religion, I went to mattress on Saturday evening and woke the next morning feeling persevering with frustration that my voice didn’t appear to have been heard in any respect. Actually, I do know now what it’s prefer to shout within the wind. Earlier than polling day I had discovered a tough and painful lesson: individuals of religion are mistaken within the perception that if we get the proper individuals in the proper locations, change will happen.”

Mark opens up his coronary heart within the piece he wrote for Eternity. However Obadiah thinks he ought to take coronary heart – feeling you don’t fairly match is what one expects if you’re a citizen of heaven. Mark, most of us Christians really feel the identical manner. We belong some other place.

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And once we went to vote – as distinct from what we might have felt on election evening – most of us Christians discovered it arduous to discover a social gathering that fitted for us. We needed to accept what we may discover on the voting type.

As St Paul tells these Philippians: “However our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the ability that permits him to convey all the things below his management, will rework our lowly our bodies in order that they are going to be like his wonderful physique.” Philippians 3:20

Mark is aware of that one, in fact. However Obadiah thinks pointing to the Scripture is a part of what this column is for! It’s infinitely extra comforting than any election materials.

In the meantime, we do our greatest to like our neighbours and proclaim King Jesus. Maintain proper on, Mark!

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Shattered: Mark stated he’s discovered that this does NOT occur: “If we get the proper individuals in the proper locations, change will happen.”

Risking smart-arsery, Obadiah want to level out:

1) Really, social conservatives like Mark (and that’s not an insult, people) didn’t get sufficient individuals into the proper locations. Conservative pollies over-promised, therefore the same-sex marriage plebiscite and the automotive crash of the Spiritual Discrimination Invoice.

2) Studying to rely is the stuff of politics, which suggests constructing coalitions and never anticipating to have all the things your personal manner.

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Obadiah jumped into Philippians 3 simply then. So right here’s the context – the earlier two verses. “For, as I’ve usually advised you earlier than and now let you know once more even with tears, many stay as enemies of the…

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