In a nation where leaders are falling over themselves to enact so-called progressive social policies like abortion on demand up to birth and sexless birth certificates, it was refreshing to read something different. Late last week, South Australia’s web-based newspaper In Daily said the Premier and the Leader of the Opposition could both be characterised as men who did not enter politics to enact social policy. Instead, it stated that both politicians wanted to ensure a strong economy.
Late evening on Wednesday 17 October, something historic occurred. The Queensland Parliament passed a bill into law allowing for the abortion of unborn children until full term. Fifty votes to forty-one voted in favour of the radical bill. The Chamber erupted in applause and celebration.
“The King’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water He turns it wherever He pleases.” Proverbs 21:1
“…it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” [Matt 18:6]*
The human spirit simultaneously loves and hates justice.
I often speak to groups of teenagers and some of their strongest objections to the gospel relate to justice.
“Australia is not a secular country—it is a free country.” Our new Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this in his maiden speech in Parliament on 14 February 2008.
Sometimes, in my naivety, I think that we may have finally gotten comfortable with being ridiculous.
In truth, my expectations are not so high given the reality of our situation. Many in the political and media classes think we are worse than ridiculous. Most think we are somewhere on the spectrum between lunacy and evil.
Surely, I think to myself, after all that has happened culturally in recent times, we are at least getting comfortable with being unpopular in some sense.
And then I realise that we’re not.
Victoria… Where can I begin?
In a little over 6 weeks, there is a Victorian state election.
It is a beautiful place – and I mean that - but with a dreadful leadership problem
These are tweets of the UK Sex Workers’ Outreach Project Sussex advertising their stall at the UK Sussex Uni’s recent freshers’ camp. Julie Bindel, the co-founder of the law reform group Justice for Women said of this initiative, “This is beyond disgraceful. It makes me so angry that the sex trade’s become normalised and pimped to women as though it is a harmless and respectable way to earn a living. There should be an enquiry by the university into this.”
The Victorian election takes place next month and it’s all on the line for Victorian Christians.
Safe Schools is already being taught in public schools throughout the state. Teaching your children that gender is on a spectrum and can change just like the weather.
Our Dark Mofo campaign continues to stir debate – much of it from within the church. It appears some Christians are unsure about the appropriate way to publicly respond to such issues.
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