About

My name is Joshua and I am a homeschooled Christian. I’m passionate about history, politics, worldview and transforming culture.

I was homeschooled from year 1-12 and am now studying externally through Open Universities Australia for a BA in history and politics from Macquarie University. So my only experience of the traditional classroom is kindygarten. And I’m perfectly okay with that!

I live in outback Australia, approxmiately 950 km from the nearest city and about 600 km from the nearest McDonalds. I guess that makes us remote? I have three siblings, two parents and one dog (who’s deaf and half-Dalmatian, if anybody is interested in that sort of thing).

I’m passionate about ideas and how they affect our lives; especially political and philosophical ideas. The “big picture” has always fascinated me, which is why I’m also a history fanatic, especially military history and it’s emphasis on strategy, tactics and leadership.

Leadership then brings in issues of communication, persuasiveness and personal discipline, three areas of my life I am working on a lot at the moment, and will always be working on.

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  1. Sue Garry said:

    Hi Joshua, I met your Mum at a conference and she suggested I drop you a line. We are also a homeschooling family who are passionate about politics. Most Mums do craft and art, but for mental and emotional relief, I keep up with the ideas of Andrew Bolt and ABC website (for balance).
    I am glad to know of a young man that values following politics, and I hope from time to time you are brave enough to engage people with this topic in depth; for I denounce the common adage that one should never talk about religion and politics. Indeed, they are the most important subjects.
    Knowing about what is going on, enables you to use your precious vote well, before God. Also you can do a lot of lobbying on behalf of the disenfranchised; but beware the words ‘justice’ and ‘compassion’ are thrown around a lot; and you will need the Holy Spirit to discern. Not to mention, every issue usually has two very distinct viewpoints at least and I’ve been finding the word ‘fact’ can be quite loosely used. In my opinion, having a godly perspective on an issue also means that you have to have thought through implications for the budget, as misplaced generosity can have unforeseen consequences, sometimes decades later.
    Last week I made numerous calls and sent heaps of emails to try to get better policy that might prevent asylum-seeker deaths at sea. Other topics that have called me to action are farmers being given a hard time with mining thust upon them, or their livelihoods being threatened with anti-clearing laws; and also the issue on the live-cattle trade.
    I have found Christians can also use the biblical principle to ‘love your enemies’ in the political sphere. I have not been the victim of heinous crime, so I mean in a minor sense. If a politician ticks me off a bit, I find a reason to thank them when they do something good, or I defend them when someone is showing meanness to them, or if I debate someone with a different opinion, I try to be very pleasant and often refrain from a witty or poignant response just to relieve tension.
    I believe God will use your life and honour your love of politics and how it affects people, regardless of whether or not you ever get elected a representative. (This is no easy task, we know of someone in our church who is very successful and would have made a great State MP, but the pre-selection was highly competitive, and for now he must be a bystander).
    All the best Sue

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