The Victorian Election

Bad news in Victoria:

The night has not been a good one for Christians, for conservatives, and for those who value freedom, family and other key values. The short story is this: Labor’s vote went down. The Lib’s vote went down. The vote of some others (Teals, Greens, independents) went up. The Greens for example took some seats away from Labor. But despite all this, Labor managed to stay in power, and it looks to retain a majority in the lower house.

If you are pro-faith, pro-family, and pro-freedom, it was another bad election result. It is getting to be a broken record, certainly in places like Victoria. In simple political terms, the Liberals have lost 6 out of the last 7 state elections. One wonders if they will ever recover, given their pathetically weak and useless ability to be a viable opposition.

It would seem clear that Matthew Guy will have to step down, with two losses in a row (although recall that Jeff Kennett had also lost twice). But it is not just the leader, but the whole party: it is utterly hopeless. They believe in nothing, stand for nothing, and have no conservative convictions whatsoever. So why even bother?

Yes, Labor went down in votes (around 7 per cent all up), but it was not enough to see them moved along. And the absolute worst part of course is that Dan Andrews easily got back in. Four more years of his tyrannical reign. If Victoria is not already irredeemably damaged, it will be now.

In the lower house it is simply darkness and defeat. As always however, it will be a while before we see how the upper house fares. Will some of the freedom and family candidates and parties get some wins on the board? Time will tell. If we get a few more of these folks in, that will be the one bright spot of this election. Otherwise it has been bad news indeed.

Politics is important, but God is everything

As always, one has to bring God back into the picture. He has not jumped off the throne, and he has not stopped being sovereign. But when horrible political outcomes like this take place, it is easy to get our eyes off God and to become overwhelmed and appalled. I feel it too. Many do.

But Andrews and Labor are not divine and they are not eternal. Their days are numbered. Soon they will be all but forgotten. But Christ and his rule continues forever. That is what we must hold on to. Politics is temporary, and we will win some and lose some. But God’s eternal purposes will not be thwarted.

We now need to trust God even more, we need to pray even more, we need to see the big picture even more. Things will get worse before they get better. If we cannot trust God now we will be in a hard place in the days ahead as the forces of darkness accelerate and expand.

God is clearly testing his people, while he judges a godless and immoral state. And sadly God’s people in Victoria suffer along with everyone else. It was the same when God judged Israel and carried off so many into exile. Godly prophets along with members of the remnant also had to go through all that. But their situation did not last forever.

So now is not the time to despair. Now is the time for God’s people to get on their faces before God and repent. It is the time for them to get their priorities right. It is the time for them to stop playing games and pursuing their trivial pursuits. It is time for them to put Christ first – completely first.

In light of this depressing night, it is worth keeping in mind some basic biblical truths. For example Psalm 2:1-6 says this:

Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,

“As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”

And in Revelation 19:6-7 we read this:

For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
    and give him the glory.

It is also worth offering a slight adaptation of Habakkuk 3:17-18:

Though the Andrews government be reelected,
    and he retains his seat,
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
    nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
    and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
    and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

Believers must not cave in now. The fight has gotten harder, the stakes have gotten higher, and the need for prayer has gotten more urgent. But as long as God is on the throne, we have every reason to take heart, to persevere, and to keep on keeping on. That we must do.

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18 Replies to “The Victorian Election”

  1. Yes Bill, tragic news for you there. What is the general consensus to your best knowledge and understanding? Are the good people of Victoria totally duped and brainwashed into thinking this God-hating leader is working in their best interests and keeping them safe from the next W.H.O declared calamity? Perhaps the count itself is ‘manufactured’ to a predetermined result. I just find it all hard to fathom…

  2. Greetings brother Bill, I had a sense of foreboding as the count continued during the evening, but had the good sense to change channels and listened to some musical items from the team at SBN instead. (Thus avoiding the nauseating triumphalism emanating from the mouth of the Dictator!)
    The lyrics of a couple of beautiful hymns were the perfect counterpoint to the political events unfolding, and I reference the following- “Stand Still and Let God Move” (written by “The Isaacs”) in which the opening line states, “The Father has a plan, though it’s hard to see it now”
    Also being performed was “I’m Not About to Quit”, which contains a bridge with the lyrics, “Well, the victory’s been won, through God’s only Son, I’m not about, I’m not about to quit!”
    So, as you stated in the final sentence in this submission, we must “persevere and keep on keeping on”. May God bless you in your continued ministry of encouragement to the believers.

  3. Hello
    If you were putting hope in politics then this result is very disappointing but as Christians we need to be much wiser.
    This was not a loss for Christians, this was the the fruit of a state that has rejected God’s morality and created their own morality. They will get more and more of this kind of morality, along with its consequences, until they cannot stand it.
    This election is not a win for Labor but a punishment for rejecting God.
    So where do we come in after this?
    The word that comes to mind is “Do you want to leave me to” which was spoken when Christ’s teaching became too hard. We are called to obey God’s teachings even when no one else will. Can we do it? I hope so for our sakes because if we don’t then we will become like the perishing and we will lose all hope but if we remain faithful God, God will remain faithful to us and will reward us for our faithfulness.

  4. I’d as many people say we get the government the people deserve, but in the light of day though very disappointing the result particularly for the Church we get the government God knows we need. We must remember judgement begins at the house of God, especially considering how weak a large majority of the Church were during the “pandemic” to speak out against Daniel Andrew’s the biggest tyrannical leader in Australia’s history. Not to mention his laws on abortion and LHBTQIWXYZ.

  5. Terribly disappointed for you guys in Vic and for a lost people who voted. Keep praying, keep writing/speaking. The truth is like a lion…

  6. I am of the opinion rightly or wrongly that if the re-election of a tyrannical anti-Christian government is the only way to get the church to develop some backbone, it will have all been worthwhile.

    I put the outcome of the election firmly at the feet of the church, which has failed miserably to live out its charter as required in scripture.

    As has been said “the chickens always come home to roost.”

  7. Back in the 90s I spent three years at university with Mattthew Guy. Even then you could see the aspiring politician in him. The uni Latrobe had been operational for 26 years and during that time the control of the Student Union has been the province of the Trotskyites and socialists. They thought they were unbeatable.

    Along came Matthe Guy and Roger Marks who decided that was going to change. The two of us along with a team and a bit of clever electioneering, swept all before us and got rid of the socialist/communists for the first time in the history of the uni. The student union newspaper fell into our hands as well.

    Of course, the Socialist Marxists cartel were shell shocked and tried to destroy us by fair means or foul at every available opportunity. it didn’t work as we stood strong and outmaneuvered them every time.

    What is that sentiment? The battle is to the strong. Now we need strong men of God who are willing to pay the rice to lead the church into victory. And I will tell you now, if you are not strong you will fall at the first hurdle.

  8. Daniel Andrews has nothing to be smug about- he only got 37% of the votes, and the Liberals 35%.
    Outside Melbourne, Geelong, Bendigo and Ballarat , the country electorates overwhelmingly rejected him. Every third person is voting for a minor party, which indicates their disgust with both ‘mainstream’ parties.
    Today is the first day of Advent and a new beginning, we need to return to the Lord. I have put my Christmas decorations up before Dan bans Christmas. We know that he considers anyone who opposes him to be a ‘Nazi’ , so I’m one of the 63% of the population lurking under his bed.
    Anyone who thinks he did a good job with COVID clearly doesn’t work in a hospital or clinic.
    A colleague was at the Royal Melbourne Hospital recently, and a doctor said to her ‘Where are these 4000 ICU beds??? – we haven’t got ONE!!’ He was really angry.

  9. We’re not done yet! Continue to keep an eye on Ian Cook and his sixty scrutineers in the electorate of Mulgrave

  10. It is very difficult to unseat the major parties in the lower house but it is testament to the corrupting power of the ABC that their never-waning support for the Greens has given them a leg up to do this in places.

    I’m not precisely sure how the Senate works in Victoria but if I’m right then the minor parties have probably shot themselves in the foot by advocating a vote above the line which I believe will extinguish their votes much more quickly than if people vote below the line for multiple small parties with similar policies. By voting below the line your preferences may count but above the line, especially voting for a small party, they probably will not. They will simply extinguish before they can go towards a party you may be happy for your vote to go to.

  11. All I got for supporting a local member is covid. I feel like the professor in the CS Lewis children’s story, “What do they teach..” l am misquoting but like him wonder if logic no longer taught. Mind you some of what we were taught as clear thinking was not very clear.

  12. Given recent election results across the western world I have a strong suspicion Stalin was right, to paraphrase “who votes is irrelevant, only who counts votes counts”
    Ps 2 is very appropriate.

  13. I heartily agree with a previous comment’s description: what a terrifying photo! It’s only natural to bewail “four more years” of Mr Andrews, but he might die suddenly, or retire without warning. The two previous Tasmanian premiers, Liberals Peter Gutwein and Will Hodgman, both retired and quit parliament so suddenly, that neither bothered to organise his successor.

    Before that, Labor’s Lara Giddings was defeated in 2014 after the disastrously unpopular Labor/Greens government; she had succeeded David Bartlett, who also retired unexpectedly. He was a decent family man who didn’t want to push all the creepy stuff in the last decade.

    Before him, Labor’s Paul Lennon retired in a huff after bad opinion polls; his predecessor Jim Bacon announced he was taking two weeks off to get over a bad cold, but died instead.

    Before him, Liberal Tony Rundle was defeated after having to rely on the Greens in minority government; he had taken over from Ray Groom, who chucked a wobbly because he lost his majority in the 1996 election.

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