On Wednesday, 23 September 2020 South Australia's Lower House will resume debate on the 'Exclusion' or 'Censorship Zones' Bill. This is a critical bill which will create at least 12 large zones in the State in which public discussion about abortion and even public silent prayer will be made illegal.
In addressing the Victorian version of the bill, which the SA bill currently mirrors, the South Australian Law Reform Institute said, “There is a clear argument that silent prayer would fall within the definition of ‘prohibited behaviour’ in Victorian law".
SA need not follow in Victoria's footsteps with this bill. A specific amendment proposed to allow silent prayer in the SA bill is still a few votes short of being successful. It is critical for all of us to contact our Lower House MPs and ask them to support the amendment to allow silent prayer… and pray!
In September we also anticipate Liberal Attorney-General’s abortion-to-birth bill to be introduced in the Lower House. This bill is a horrific abuse of human rights. Only eight of the world's 197 or so nations allow abortion-to-birth, which include North Korea and CCP’s China. Australia's Victoria also allows it. Again, SA need not follow Victoria's bad laws. Abortion-to-birth must not become law here.
I have been invited to speak at meetings in Minlaton and Port Pirie in September, where to local groups are rising up to oppose this bill. Please watch for further emails with details of these meetings and join us if you are in the area.
Recently I spoke at C3 Church Salisbury on the topic, “Should Christian be involved in Politics?”
Psalm 130 says,
"Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice!
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning — Yes, more than those who watch for the morning."
While we may feel we are in the depths, we can always cry to God. He will hear our voice. We hope in his saving Word and watch for Him to work; as we work we pray!