Summary: A message to challenge Christians on Australia Day: Australia’s day of remembrance and celebration of their nation’s foundation and history.
God Bless Australia
Psalm 33:10-12 "The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. Blessed [is] the nation whose God [is] the LORD; [and] the people [whom] he hath chosen for his own inheritance."
Psalm 11:2-3 "For, lo, the wicked bend [their] bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Psalm 11:2-3)
Psalm 7:9 "Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins."
Prov. 14:34 "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."
Job 34:30 "Godless men should not rule, nor be snares of the people."
Prov. 29:2 "When the righteous become great, the people rejoice, when wicked men rule , people groan."
On this Australia Day weekend we are called to stop for a moment and take stock of the blessings of freedom and to remember the sacrifices of those who purchased such freedoms. It is a time we should look around us at the great blessings God has poured out upon us and pause and praise Him for all that is good and great in our land. ask ourselves,
As we once again count the blessings of living in a land in which we are free to worship Him according to the dictates of the Word of God and to go about our daily lives without fear of persecution or even the loss of our lives for expressing our faith, we should surely say and pray today, "God Bless Australia." But in order to sincerely do so, we must first ask ourselves if we are willing to do our part to build or rebuild a nation that God would view as a fit recipient of His continuing blessings? I believe principles enunciated in God’s statement to Israel on the matter still hold true today, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (II Chronicles 7:14)
In order to determine our responsibilities as Christian citizens in a free land, we must first determine what is right to do and what are the scriptural parameters of Christian action. What did Jesus really mean when He said that we should render unto Caesar that which belongs to Caesar? What did Paul and Peter mean when they asserted we should recognize the role of government and be submissive to the laws of the land? (Ro. 13:1-7, I Peter 2:11-16) It would be difficult to read such verses in their context and cultural setting without conceding that Christians do have responsibilities relative to supporting and praying for good government.
But what about Christians and contemporary politics as practiced in the real democratic nations of our world today? Do we have a responsibility to work within the framework of democratic processes to achieve and support good government?