At his trial, Martin Luther famously said, “…to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.”
The conscience is a person’s moral sense of right and wrong. It is one of the things that distinguishes humans from animals – the innate (and automatic) tendency to judge ourselves against some higher standard.
It took 44 years for slavery to be abolished in Britain. Yes, 44 years of persistent work, speeches in parliament, addressing interested groups, lobbying. Wilberforce was on his death bed when at long last the tide of public opinion had turned sufficiently for parliament to outlaw slavery.
Scripture seldom commands us to do anything directly in relation to the State.
A rare exception is found in 1 Timothy 2, where Paul urges us to pray for those in authority – “for kings and all who are in high positions…”
But it’s not just prayer in general. It is prayer for a specific thing – “that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
In her Charities Amendment Bill 2018, Reason/Sex Party leader Fiona Patten MLC requested the Victorian Government to remove the ‘advancement of religion’ as a ‘charitable purpose’ from Victoria's taxation law. The practical effect of this would be to expose churches and other faith communities to expensive land and payroll tax.
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
George Orwell may or may not have said these words, but they are true.
A few months ago, I read a most heart-breaking Australian legal case.
It concerned a 15-year-old girl who was approved for a double mastectomy because she thinks she is a boy.
By now her body will be mutilated forever.
I was always taught that if something waddles like a duck, and quacks like a duck...then it’s a duck.
In March 2018, the ACT Government unveiled its answer to the Safe Schools program, rebranded now as the Safe and Inclusive Schools Initiative.
In March Queensland’s Attorney-General’s Department released a discussion paper entitled: Registering Life Events: Recognising sex and gender diversity and same-sex families.
Since the shenanigans of Good Friday in the Victorian Parliament many may be asking why hasn’t the ACL spoken out and condemned the actions of the government or the opposition?
We once thought these stories lay at the fringes. Passing fads that could never take hold. Amusements to be mocked and passed over.
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