Earlier this year there were political spills - the National Party Members of Parliament decided to keep their leader and not bring back a previous one. It was all over the news and commentary aplenty.
The Greens leader decided to call it a day and a new Greens leader was elected. Again the news commentaries were out there with every nook and cranny being explored.
The year before the Australian Labor Party Federal Members changed their leader after losing the unlosable election. There was much drama and calamity as the new leader sought to bring a new focus.
Then in the US the Democrats holding sway in the House attempted yet failed to defrock the 43rd President in drama that challenged Hollywood but it all came horribly undone in the Senate where the Republicans held sway.
Politics is sport.
Sport as politics
Consider the situation when in a major league sporting entity changes a coach. The sports news goes ballistic. I don’t know what planet you’ve been on not to notice these things.
When an achieving athlete is not selected in an Olympic situation – politics is front and centre. Or when a famous female athlete announces she is having a baby. So much delight is in the air, it could be cut with a cake knife.
Or what about when a referee or umpires makes a dramatic decision which affects the outcome of the game – be it a fixture or a grand final. Politics 101.
And then there is the kids in the park and the coaches’ son who happens not to be the sharpest chisel in the tool kit is given serious roles for which the child is literally incapable. The best kid at that task either sits on the side line or watches with the other team mates. Politics is central.
Jesus spoke of politics
He referred to all this as ‘white washed tombs’ – the participants made great plays, flamboyant gestures and shout-outs, spoke the speak, wore the colours, made the claims, and as always, there is a but ….
The politics behind the scenes are strong, relentless and powerful - they depend upon each other’s survival, truth goes out the window, their world is all but dependent on false and horrible and lifeless activity. It’s politics.
What might we say of all this. The book ‘This Present Darkness’ addresses this. Many Christian movies illustrate it. There is something greater afoot. The Lord somehow allows situations to demonstrate a far greater reality and a truth that sees the light shine in.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 25 books, and enjoys writing. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded ‘The Gutenberg’ - the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. He and David Chang editor of Christian Today together bought the young writer ministry into fruition in 2009. In 2011 Mark established Laguna Quays Respite (Whitsundays) for missionary respite and replicated at Aldinga Beach 2016 (Adelaide) and Greens Beach Bass Straight (TAS). His ministry is honoured all these years by Christian philanthropist Mr Basil Sellers AM. He is married to Delma (44 years), with four adult married children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html