We Hoped for Our Nation



Last Saturday night young adults from across Auckland descended on Crave once again, this time to discuss everything ‘the election’. Hope For A Nation covered everything from what Jesus would think of policies to why Peter Dunn is a Rio bird look-a-like.

Kirsten Cant from NZCMS started the evening by telling us about the hottest topics this election.

Next up was Kazune with his not-so-serious guide to voting:

How to vote this election.

How to vote this election.

The Gospel-O-Meter with Kate Day & Ira Perkins (From the Society of Salt and Light in Christchurch):

And finally Alex Johnston told us all about the awesome work he, and other young people in NZ, are doing with Generation Zero that has Politicians listening!

What an incredible event! A massive thank you to everyone who contributed, all the people who spoke and Emily Muli for the incredible music!

Happy Voting!

Live Below The Line 2014 (World Vision)

This year, Live Below The Line is going down October 6th-10th. Funds raised on behalf of World Vision will go to The Children of War Rehabilitation Centre which helps returned child soldiers see the image of God in themselves and have their humanity restored. These returned child soldiers include some of the 25,000 children who have been abducted by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda since 1986. By ‘living below the line’ for World Vision, your funds will help provide HIV and AIDS education, Food, Medical treatment, Psychosocial counselling, Vocational training, Spiritual nurture, and a smooth transition back to family and community through the Children of War Rehabilitation Centre in Gulu, Uganda.

You can view the LBTL World Vision website here.

What is the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)?

World Vision and LBTL, helping one soldier at a time:

The other side: THIS is what it’s all about.

Who would Jesus vote for? Politics and the Bible

With our Grace Collective Election Special coming up, Selwyn Fraser is back to share his thoughts on politics and faith.

If someone asked me who Jesus would vote for, I would open my Bible to Mark 12, where Jesus is asked, ‘is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’ A dangerous question. The tax in question was charged by the Roman Empire that controlled the Jewish state. It symbolised the suppression of the Jews by a foreign power. Essentially, Jesus was being asked, ‘are you in favour of Roman control? Should the Jews learn to accept the political situation or should they revolt?’ The supporters of Herod liked the tax; the Pharisees hated it. A dangerous question indeed.

How does Jesus respond? He asks them for a denarius, a type of coin. The denarius has Caesar’s picture and name on it. After taking the coin, Jesus famously says: ‘render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s’. So much could be said about these revolutionary words, and I encourage you to check out Timothy Keller’s wonderful sermon if you want to learn more. But let me make a few comments. Continue reading