Below are my notes and quotes from the Wake Up Sleeper events presented by CAS+ACL.

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“The Lord looked and was displeased to find there was no justice. He was amazed to see that no one intervened to help the oppressed.”

Isaiah 59:15-16

“So give your servant a discerning mind so he can make judicial decisions for your people and distinguish right from wrong. Otherwise no one is able to make judicial decisions for this great nation of yours.”

1 Kings 3:9

“Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Matthew 6:10

“But above all pursue His Kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6:33

“Learn to do what is right. Promote justice. Give the oppressed reason to celebrate. Take up the cause of the orphan. Defend the rights of the widow.”

Isaiah 1:17

“Open your mouth on behalf of those unable to speak, for the legal rights of all the dying. Open your mouth, judge in righteousness, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”

Proverbs 31:8-9

“You cannot separate what is sacred from what is secular; and that you cannot above all things have any Christianity which begins only on Sunday morning and ends on Sunday night.”

Sir Robert Menzies, 12th Australian Prime Minister

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”

Benjamin Franklin

According to McHenry, Mrs. Powell put her question to Franklin directly: “Well, doctor,” she asked him, “what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” Franklin, who was rarely short of words or wit, shot back: “A republic, madam — if you can keep it.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

U.S. Constitution – First Amendment

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.”

Thomas Jefferson

“We have solved, by fair experiment, the great and interesting question whether freedom of religion is compatible with order in government and obedience to the laws. And we have experienced the quiet as well as the comfort which results from leaving every one to profess freely and openly those principles of religion which are the inductions of his own reason and the serious convictions of his own inquiries.”

Thomas Jefferson

The Unlucky Country - Zimmermann & Moens

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

US President John Adams

“Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.”

misattributed to Alexis de Tocqueville, but an apt summation of his work, ‘Democracy in America’

“As we are British people – we are pre-eminently a Christian people – as our laws, our whole system of jurisprudence, our Constitution… are based upon and interwoven with our Christian belief.”

Sir Henry Parkes, the Father of Australian Federation

“Sufficient to say that the religion of Jesus Christ is the life of the present, the light of the future, and the hope of the world.”

Alfred Deakin, 2nd Prime Minister of Australia

“Democracy…is based upon the Christian conception that there is in every human soul a spark of the divine; that, with all their inequalities of mind and body, the souls of men stand equal in the sight of God.”

Sir Robert Menzies, 12th Australian Prime Minister

“…humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God…”

preamble to the Constitution

“…duly acknowledging Almighty God as the Supreme Ruler of the Universe and the Source of all true government…”

The Legislative Assembly of Tasmania (suggested preamble to the Constitution)

“Surely the principles of Christianity lead to action as well as meditation.”

William Wilberforce

  • Choose to begin as an undecided voter
  • Visit, phone or email candidates
  • Discuss amongst mature believers
  • Volunteer to hand out How To Vote cards
  • Volunteer to scrutineer when voting closes
  • Join a democratic party & vote in preselections
  • Recruit your family & friends to join you

“Let nobody deceive you with empty words, for because of these things God’s wrath comes on the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be sharers with them, for you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live like children of light— for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth— trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For the things they do in secret are shameful even to mention. But all things being exposed by the light are made visible. For everything made visible is light, and for this reason it says:

“Awake, O sleeper! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!” “

Ephesians 5:6-14

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