Election 2019

An eternity perspective

A word from our editor

For the first time – in my living memory at least – this is a Federal Election that is explicitly religious. Religious freedom, whether in the form of which teachers a Christian school can hire, the future of school chaplaincy programmes, or issues of free speech has already emerged as a key issue. This is the election that Eternity as a Christian news service can’t evade. There are also the old favourites which seem to impact each recent election, climate change, foreign aid, the Gonski reforms to education funding and the NDIS. Christians have been significant campaigners in all those areas. Not that we all agree. We don’t. You may well see someone from a local church clutching the “wrong” how to votes on election day.

In this election guide Eternity aims to provide significant Christian commentary from a range of sources. It is not a summary of what we think. That is because Eternity is not trying to tell you how to vote, but wants to help you consider the issues as you make up your own mind.

Eternity has strong opinions about, for example, that God our father loves us and that creation makes his existence clear, that the Bible is an authoritative source to find out about Jesus, who died as “a ransom for many”. We support a “generous orthodoxy”. But unlike some other Christian media we don’t have a political agenda alongside this, except to link you to what Christians are thinking and writing about issues that matter. Each time we do this we discover there’s a wealth of Christian thinking in this country.

Have we a hidden agenda? Perhaps this half hidden one: that Christians can and should be able to discuss politics and other questions in a peaceful and civil way. That’s one of the values Eternity will always cling on to.

Eternity’s Election Guide Summary

What does each party say they’ll do? Get Eternity’s Election Guide Summary here.