[notice]With the May 7 Election day approaching, various commentators are offering their personal views on how Christians should vote. Here are some opinions sent to us this week — and some thoughts from Gateway News columnist Afrika Mhlophe and editor, Andre Viljoen. We have also listed links to previous articles on this hot topic.[/notice]
OPINIONS AT A GLANCE:
– Vote for an unashamedly Christian party — by Angus Buchan — farmer, evangelist, writer for Jesus
– The just shall live/vote by faith by Errol Naidoo — Director Family Policy Institute
– Why I will be voting ACDP at this Election by Cheryllyn Dudley — ACDP MP
– SA Elections: Guidance on voting by Alexander Venter — Vineyard pastor and author
– Our responsibilities as Christian voters by Graeme Preston — Attorney and Elder at The Storehouse, New Covenant Church
– The Church and politics by Afrika Mhlophe, Pastor, author and columnist
– Your vote for a small party is not a waste! by Andre Viljoen — Editor, Gateway News
Other recently published opinions:
– Think about the cross of Christ when you put your cross on that piece of paper by Michael Cassidy, evangelist, author and Christian leader
– I’ve changed by vote in this upcoming election by Nikki Venter — attorney and blogger
Vote for unashamedly Christian party — Angus Buchan
By Angus Buchan — farmer, evangelist, writer for Jesus
Writing in his blog, South African farmer evangelist Angus Buchan, calls on Christians to stand up an be counted at the polls tomorrow.
The just shall live/vote by faith
By Errol Naidoo — Director Family Policy Institute
Please tune into “Watchmen on the Wall” on TBN Africa on Tuesday May 6 at 8pm for the repeat of our ‘Pre-Election Special’ with African Enterprise Founder and International Leader, Michael Cassidy.
Why I will be voting ACDP at this Election
By Cheryllyn Dudley — ACDP MP
I will be voting ACDP at this election! Now, that may seem obvious to you – self interest is a great motivation – I have a well paid job depending on that vote – although the reality is I have had other offers that could have trumped what I have at present – but the self interest does not stop there – I have concluded that it is in my, and my family’s best interests to do all I can to see the ACDP succeed. I am convinced that the ACDP has the best chance of producing the kind of leaders I would like to see leading South Africa and has the best chance of being a genuinely pro-people party defending our freedoms and taking seriously our responsibilities.
2014 SA Elections: Guidance on voting
By Alexander Venter — Vineyard pastor and author
This year we celebrate 20 years of South Africa’s (SA) democracy. Remember the miracle of the 1994 elections? We go to the polls again on 7 May 2014. How should the church relate to the government – the ruling ANC party – at this time? How should we vote?
Historically there have been three general approaches to the Church/State relationship:
- Kingdom of God approach: Separation of Church and State; a critical partnership meaning constructive support on matters for the good of society and critical resistance on matters harmful to society (when Kingdom values and ethics are violated).
Our responsibilities as Christian voters
By Graeme Preston — Attorney and Elder at The Storehouse — New Covenant Church
As 7 May 2014 approaches many South African’s are gearing up to cast their vote, some have spent hours agonising over this decision, others may simply decide based on how they feel on the day.
So how should Christians vote, if indeed they should? Is there any biblical and or moral obligation on Christians to vote in a certain way? As Christians we all desire a better Country and feel a Godly obligation to make it so. As an attorney and a Christian I wish to give some insight into our responsibilities as Christians and hopefully “clear the air” in some respects.
As I have discussed matters with fellow Christians I have observed a fundamental lack of understanding in respect of how our country is governed, resulting in decisions based on incorrect assumptions. It is impossible to make an informed decision unless you understand the following concepts on a basic level:
The Church and politics
By Afrika Mhlophe — Pastor, author and columnist
Thank goodness we have cleared the hurdle and answered the question of whether or not the Church should be involved in politics. For most of us there is consensus that indeed the Church should be involved in politics but the question is how. Do we become active in politics to a point of running for political office and/or forming Christian political parties? Is a Christian political party something legitimate seeing that other parties also have Christians serving in them?
The general elections to be held on May 7, 2014 are probably the most contentious since the advent of democracy and there are divisions that are also beginning to show in the Church. These became evident after the release of the Public Protector’s report into security upgrades in the President’s private residence. There are sections of the Church who surprised many of us by maligning the Public Protector and accusing her of reversing the gains of democracy.
Your vote for a small party is not a waste!
By Andre Viljoen — Editor, Gateway News
It is not uncommon to hear Christian voters say that while they admire the Christian and family values of a certain party they will not vote for it because it is too small to make a difference. They will rather vote for a strong opposition — or perhaps even for a strong Government — depending on their views.
This line of thinking is not as valid as it may sound when you consider our proportional representation electoral system which gives minority parties an opportunity
to have a voice in Parliament