26.10.04

Ganns has announced the winners of his SuperBlessed Blog Awards 2004. Congratulations to all the winners!

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OOOOPS! Red faces all round

An expensive yacht on charter today lost its keel when it collided with the sea wall just outside the Sydney Opera House. Needless to say the yacht had the worst of the collision and many on board went overboard.

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24.10.04

Ganns has again announced his list of nominees for his Christian blog awards 2004. There are many fine blogs on his list and you'll have a good time exploring those he has mentioned.

Take some time to admire the delightful gentleman with the red tie in the sidebar photo,and I don't mean Ganns! He's gorgeous.

Thanks for the nomination.

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Voting patterns
Phil at signposts has been wondering why Christians vote as they do and has invited discussion on the topic. Not many have responded as yet, but they were interesting.

I have found my own political (and theological) opinions changing, particularly over the past few years. Phil wonders why "conservative" Christians basically vote for the Liberal party in Australian elections, much as many of the American Christian blogs push for a Republican vote. Don't be misled. The Liberal Party is the traditionally more conservative of our major parties here, despite the name.

I grew up in an upper middle-class environment where voting for the Liberals was a foregone conclusion. I don't think that religion of any form had much to do with it as I grew up and in my early times to vote. I married into an extremely conservative movement where some members would not vote, as they did not believe in taking part in "worldly" affairs. Neither would they belong to trade unions etc. Voting there was never discussed but was again basically an accepted vote for the Liberals.

When we moved out of there,I was amazed to find that some new Christian friends actually voted for the Labor Party and believed they were quite correct to do so. This began to rock the boat I had been travelling in. It had been fairly smooth sailing to that point. It was at this time that I began studying again and gained a Dip.Min.(Hons) and a B.Th(Hons) and while I am not actively enrolled in any further study, I still read widely and hope to start a doctorate. I discovered how much I enjoyed reading the scholarship of those who would have been called liberals (small "l") and heretics by the group I attended previously. I also enjoyed studying Greek again and began to delight in exegesis and finely tuned academic arguments and reasoning. My thinking and the reasons for my beliefs were being challenged.

I suppose all this began to have an impact on my outlook on life as well as my political thinking. Issues of social responsibilty and care for the environment loomed large. Phil has discussed in his post about lies told, the dreadful treatment of refugees, the slavish following of America into Iraq, the misleading of the Australian public by the parrotting of flawed intelligence reports. These matters and others over the years have led me to a point where I cannot vote Liberal.

I found myself in a difficult position. Labor and Liberal are in many matters here almost identical. However, to vote Labor would be going against a lifetime of voting otherwise. As Phil says, he didn't like Latham and neither do I. I would mre happile vote Labor if Beazley were still the leader. No way would I vote for either Fred Nile's Christian Democrats. They stand for all I have moved away from. I had no respect for the latest Christian Party, Family First, who seemed to call themselves Christian to christians and just conservatives to those outside the church group which supported them. Seems two-timimg to me.

In the end,I voted Labor,much to my husband's fury and disgust. This was not so much a vote for Labor as a vote against mealy-mouthed John Howard. I don'tknow how I'll vote in the future, but I will certainly be examining the performance of this present Liberal government closely. Much will need to change before I vote Liberal again.

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