Miracles and the Australian Election

On Saturday May 18, Australia decided who should run the country: Scott Morrison and the Liberals, or Bill Shorten and Labor. Although there are still more votes to be counted, we now know the results: the Liberal/National Coalition will get back into office.

This will add to the past six years that they have already been running the country. This will be, as I have written about so often now, very good news indeed, all things considered. It would have been real bad news for those who care deeply about faith, family and freedom if Labor had gotten in.

Politically speaking, this would have proved to be disastrous for other important things, including the economy and international relations. That too, I have discussed elsewhere. But now we have a rejection of the radical left’s agenda, and a return to more sensible government.

Much can be said about this incredible win. Bill Shorten seems to have lost the unlosable election. Everyone thought it was a shoo-in. Hardly anyone predicted a win for Morrison. But it has happened, stunning pundits and political observers alike.

As to the actual election details, this seems to be the current state of play: The Liberals appear to have won at least 74 seats so far out of 150 total seats in the Lower House. A few more are expected to go their way in the hours ahead. The Libs got around 42 per cent of the primary vote, which is very good indeed. Around 33 per cent went to Labor and 10 per cent to the Greens.

Hmm, just a third of the electorate voted for Labor. That is a very telling figure. There was a 1.5 per cent swing to the Coalition around the country. There were five seats gained for the Libs, only one for Labor, and one for an independent. Queensland was especially strong for the Liberals and Nationals. The anti-Adani mine move backfired big time up there, with big wins for the Liberals and Nationals.

Champions such as George Christensen were easily returned to office. But a big loss for the Liberals was Tony Abbott. He had won in a landslide six years ago, leading the Libs to a big victory then. But he was diabolically undermined by Turnbull. So now he is gone, but so too is Turnbull, and Pyne, and Bishop, and some other lefty Libs. That will make things a lot easier for the Morrison government.

Labor losses include the following: Shorten has now lost two elections and has stepped down as Labor leader. Like Hillary Clinton in America, he is the twice-failed candidate, and a new leader will have to be found. Also, lesbian activist Kerryn Phelps may lose her seat.

The traitorous ex-Liberal Julia Banks is also gone. And Clive Palmer did not pick up any seats. All up, it was also a bad night for the Greens and GetUp! All the hoopla about climate change that Labor ran with was a real fizzer. Like the Trump and Brexit wins, the people preferred to go in a conservative direction, and they may not have told the pollsters their exact intentions.

Common sense and a conservative mood prevailed in this election. All the loony climate change activism of Labor, which would have cost Australia and Australians so very dearly economically and in other ways, was clearly rejected by the Australian people.

People saw through the Labor spin, seeing Shorten for what he was: NOT a man of the people, but a wealthy, remote and removed elitist. He was a thorough-going leftist who would have done so much damage to Australia. The Australian people have said ‘no’ to that.

And this election was also a big win for religious freedom. As I and others documented countless times, a Labor win would have spelled the end of religious liberty, and would have resulted in a massive crackdown on Christians and Christianity especially. Now we can breathe a bit easier, but we still must be ever vigilant in this area.

Finally, it needs to be pointed out that one of the greatest highlights of the whole evening was to see all the leftist true believers commenting on ABC television get more and more glum and depressed as the night went on! That in itself was a huge plus!

Spiritual considerations

Given that almost all the pundits and pollsters fully expected a Labor win, one has to ask if this was not a miraculous win – a major God thing. Of course there were so many Christians who were praying and fasting, knowing how significant and serious this election was.

This clearly had to be the work of God. There really is no other explanation for it! This result had caught almost all the experts and commentators by surprise. But our God is a God of surprises, and a God of the miraculous. Indeed, Morrison began his acceptance speech by speaking of how he believes in miracles.

And this win is a clear indication of the overwhelming mercy and grace of God. We surely did not deserve this. Australia is so far from God that He had every right to throw us under the bus. We deserve His judgment, but instead He granted us some wonderful mercy. Thank you Lord.

But as with all the election results we have had of late, I keep saying much the same thing, regardless of which election it is, or who gets in. At the end of the day we need much more than politics to save the nation. Our problems at root are much greater than mere political problems.

They are ultimately spiritual and religious in nature, and until we make spiritual and religious changes, the political changes will not go deep enough to improve our dire situation. Sure, it is terrific that the dangerous and destructive Labor/Greens alliance was knocked back, but politics alone will not save us.

At the end of the day only deep repentance and revival will turn around this nation. In many ways this victory is only a reprieve. It has given us some more time – more time to do what really matters. Getting on our faces before Almighty God would be a good thing to do in this interim period. Thanking Him, praising Him, and renewing our commitment to Him would be a good place to start.

But don’t get me wrong: this is still a wonderful victory and we need to thank God for it heartily. Churches that are still true to God and His Word need to proclaim a national day of thanksgiving. We all owe so much to God in this win. We certainly did not deserve this divine mercy, but we got it.

Pray for Scott Morrison and what will be his new team. Pray that they all will serve God humbly and bravely, and seek to put God first in all they do. Pray also for their families. And please engage in spiritual warfare as well. Satan and his minions are now furious with these results, and they will be working overtime to subvert and destroy the Morrison government.

The battle has now just begun. It is at root a spiritual battle. We all must pray as we have never prayed before. Things will now only intensify, and the hatred and bitterness and divisiveness will only get worse. If you thought things were bad before the election, wait till you see what will follow. So please pray and keep alert.

But thank you Lord for granting us this merciful reprieve. Thank you!

By |2019-05-19T18:04:06+10:00May 19th, 2019|Australia, Authors, Faith, Freedom, Leadership, Prayer|12 Comments

About the Author:

Bill Muehlenberg is married with three sons, and he is an apologist and ethicist in Melbourne, Australia. He has written several books and has numerous articles printed in most mainstream Australian newspapers, as well as being the main drafter of the Canberra Declaration. Bill has a BA with honours in philosophy (Wheaton College, Chicago), an MA with highest honours in theology (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston) and is currently completing a PhD in theology. He is a prolific author, and a much sought-after media commentator; he has been featured on most Australian television and radio current affairs programs. Bill teaches ethics, apologetics and theology at several Melbourne Bible Colleges. He has his own blog, CultureWatch, which features Christian commentary on the issues of the day.

12 Comments

  1. Monica Bennett-Ryan May 20, 2019 at 9:16 am - Reply

    Totally agree, the battle has only just begun.

  2. Trudy Ansell May 20, 2019 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    God has graciously given us a 3 year window of opportunity to intentionally evangelize our own specific world of contacts.
    Let’s not only invite them to church, but in addition begin inviting them to Jesus — the Ultimate Authority & Saviour.

  3. Howard Politini May 21, 2019 at 8:48 am - Reply

    God blesses Australia…

  4. Rob Casburn May 23, 2019 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Bill I think this article is far to Bias to
    One point of view of Christian values and a political view point.
    I believe both sides of politics have policies that have Christian values but also both have policies that are contrary to Christian values.
    It’s clear that you do sway more to right of politics. Just to make one observation It’s is also clear that the current government certainly have a negative slant to asylum seekers and
    Have failed to do much about poverty and homelessness to which jesus I would argue would go against his values and I fell would be a high priority. I quote Mt 25 :31-46 .as my reason for this. It would seem Jesus first response to judging us will be how we treated the poor the marginalised the foreigner. Not if we argued and fought that everyone keep the Ten Commandments. It would seem that has been lost in your blog.

  5. Gert Lamprecht May 24, 2019 at 12:00 am - Reply

    A good result for Australia at large and more specifically for conservative values and economic common sense. Although I am politically right of centre, I strongly agree with Rob Casburn that refugees are treated disgracefully by both major parties. Having had close contact with several refugees over the last 5 years, all I can say is that this is a major area of neglect for Christians who remain very quiet regarding the “foreigner”.

  6. b. hynard May 24, 2019 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the reports, all honour goes to our Father GOD
    will continue to pray,in Jesus Name,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ibhynard…

  7. Carol May 24, 2019 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    O yeah! I’m biased and proud of it, Rob! I’m biased for Family, Faith, Life and Freedom! I’m biased for Jesus! I’m biased for Traditional Family Values! I’m proud of the Liberal/National Coalition for sticking up for these values and God honoured them. I’m proud of them for winning! This is God’s answer to all our earnest prayer and fasting, seeking God and standing in the gap for our nation. Let’s keep on battling in the Spirit and holding up the arms of our PM even more so now and take back more and more and more ground from the enemy until all the Amelekites are driven out of this land!! See Exodus 17:8-13. This was a major, major win against evil forces. As God told Pr Danny in a vision recently, Australia has averted a major disaster. Australia a light house to the nations!! Bless you Bill. Great article!

  8. Karin Klose May 24, 2019 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Carol. Exactly my sentiments. A labor win would have influenced more than loss of Christian values…it wasn’t just about pollution. Climate control and all that hype. I am so glad that Christians got off their butts and spoke up. I am sure even non Christians who have good morals would have seen the utter decadence of what Labor proposed.. despicable. I hope now Christians don’t become complacent and think battle is over. NO NO NO. I suspect it will be unrelenting by Satan and his cohorts even more so BUT Jesus is and will be the ultimate victor. We can choose to be in Gods army or the enemy’s.. we live in very interesting times.

  9. Fide et Veritate May 24, 2019 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    The Libs are normal, we are normal. In politic talk we have been labelled “right”. This is not true we are normal. Real marriages, biological sexes, belief in God, lots of kids – this is normal. So is nationalism and defence of country, including keeping out Muslims as they don’t play by our rules. Don’t allow the loony leftists who have taken over the media, the entertainment industry and education to define us. We are not right of centre, we are AT the centre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htLn41erNSg Watch and enjoy. God Bless Australia!

  10. Menga Cull May 25, 2019 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Amen n amen what a glorious victory OUR LORD GOD has given us. And yes the battle has just begun. Its an awesome feeling to feel the SPIRIT of Unity , as some of our Church members were sharing on Sunday at Church
    A special blessings and thanksgiving to OUR LORD GOD for all our Prayer leaders.
    In OUR WONDERFUL LORD JESUS. AMEN

  11. Bronwyn May 25, 2019 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Today is thanksgiving day!! May we give thanks daily as we move forward with great confidence in what God has done, is doing and will do in the days again. I was reading an article the other day dated in the 1700’s….it sounded just like it was written today! There’s nothing new under the sun! With each lifetime we are presented with similar challenges to be overcome. Hearts and minds being tested to see whether we are on the Lord’s side or not.

  12. Maynessa June 1, 2019 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Thank God for His grace

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